Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do Shetland Ponies Dance Because They Can't Tolt

Shetlands are close relatives to the Icelandic.  Norse settlers to Icelandic brought stock from Norway and the northern British Isles.  Recent mtDNA studies have shown that all Shetland ponies tested on the DMRT3 "gait keeper" gene are CC or walk-trot-canter, no gait.  However recent studies as shown by this video indicate that they sure can dance.

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