Dr. Ann Staiger of Cornell University is researching gaited horse breeds to find the “gait gene”. Her studies also include lots of measurements of the angles and body parts of the horse to determine the role of conformation and gait.
Ann recently traveled to Brasil during the 2012 MM National Show at the invitation of the ABCCMM and collected several hundred 100 samples there from champion Marchadors. To date, this is the best and largest cooperation from a gaited breed association that she has received.
For a copy of the article that was published in Mangalarga Marchador magazine (which I cannot attach here it doesn't appear), visit my website http://futurefoal.net/?p=1635
We are all looking forward to her final paper and maybe a video presentation!!!