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Zanon, T; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Gruber, S; Gauly, M.
(2023): Estimation of the genetic parameters for temperament in Haflinger horses based on the results of a character test using a pedigree-based relationship matrix
ITAL J ANIM SCI. 2023; 22(1): 798-804. FullText FullText_BOKU

Literature provides indications that the personality and temperament of a horse are sufficiently genetically determined. This background was the impetus to continue collecting phenotypic information on the temperament in the South Tyrolean Haflinger horses, not only to have marketing tools but also to be able to estimate genetic parameters for a future genetic evaluation. The latter should open the possibility to include temperament traits in the breeding goal. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to consider for the very first-time phenotypic information from character testing for estimating genetic parameters for temperament in Haflinger horses. For the present study, data from routine character testing of 210 South Tyrolean Haflinger mares between 2019 and 2021 were considered. A multivariate estimation of heritability (h(2)) and genetic correlations (r) was carried out for the criteria 'Interest', 'Activity' and 'Excitement'. In addition, univariate and bivariate estimation runs were also carried out. The pedigree-based heritability for the behavioural trait Interest was lowest with 0.07 and a standard error of & PLUSMN;0.04. For the other two criteria, Activity and Excitement, h(2) was 0.19 & PLUSMN; 0.05 and 0.21 & PLUSMN; 0.04, respectively. The genetic correlation between Interest and Activity and between Interest and Excitement was in both cases negative with -0.52 and -0.61, respectively while the genetic correlation between Excitement and Activity was positive (0.99). Results of the present study highlight the potential of considering temperament traits in breeding of Haflinger horses.
Autor*innen der BOKU Wien:
Fürst-Waltl Birgit

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