Dülmen wild horses and original horse populations

Research project Dülmen wild horses and original horse populations

The research project aims to characterize the genetic diversity of wild horse populations and other original horse populations and to clarify their phylogeny. Therefore we ask horse breeders and horse lovers to send us samples and data of their horses of the following populations:

  •     Dülmen wild horse
  •     Dülmen horse
  •     Konik
  •     Tarpan
  •     Liebenthaler
  •      Przewalski

The Dülmen wild horses represent an exceptional horse population, which has been preserved by the Dukes of Croÿ in the Merfelder Bruch since the beginning of the 19th century.   

Due to the uniqueness of this wild horse population, the Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover Foundation is conducting a scientific study on the Dülmen wild horses in cooperation with the Duke of Croÿ. The aim of the study is to characterize the genetic variability and genetic peculiarities as a result of adaptation to living conditions in the wild and to obtain more information about the origin of the Dülmen wild horses. For the realization of this project we need the support of the owners of Dülmen wild horses.
For the research project we are looking for samples and data from the following other original horse populations like:

  •     Dülmen horses
  •     Konik
  •     Tarpan
  •     Liebenthaler
  •     Przewalski

 and others

Horses from these populations are being studied for their genetic diversity and phylogenetic relationship to the Dülmen wild horse.
The results of this work are used exclusively to preserve the genetic diversity of the Dülmen wild horses and the other original horse populations and to decipher their genetic uniqueness.

Sample material
If you own a Dülmen wild horse or a horse of other original populations, we ask you for a hair root sample or, if possible, an EDTA blood sample (see enclosed sheet). In addition, in the case of Dülmen wild horses, we request a copy of the DNA profile (molecular genetic proof of parentage) prepared by Certagen, Marie-Curie-Straße 1, 53359 Rheinbach, Germany.
If the Dülmen wild horse you purchased is already deceased, you can still support the project if you give us your consent to release the DNA profile (molecular genetic pedigree) and the sample material still available at the company certagen, Marie-Curie-Straße 1, 53359 Rheinbach.

Please use the enclosed questionnaire for sending the data and samples.


Confidentiality of data and results
All data will be treated strictly confidential and will not be passed on to third parties. There are no costs for the horse owner and sender for the examination of the samples.
The results of the investigation will be presented at public meetings. All persons involved in the project will be invited.