Please follow this link to an up to date website about HWSD It is very helpful and has a lot of information on it. If you have any queries please contact one of the BCPS Welfare Officers - Sue Gillingham
All foals have been tested for HWSD at the time of registration by the CPBS since 2016 and by the BCPS since 2017. However, some older ponies are tested privately, usually when they change hands as part of the vetting.The result of a test for HWSD carried out by a recognised laboratory and where the hair sample has been taken by a vet, may be stamped in the pony's passport by the BCPS provided that the vet has completed the Society's Private Test form .Please make sure that you send a copy of the test result to the Office with the passport.
Please ensure to check and ask when purchasing a Connemara Pony for their HWSD Test result.
From 2016 all foals bred in Ireland and registered in their stud book have their test result recorded in the back page of their passport. From 2017 all foals bred in the UK have been tested for HWSD and have the result recorded in their passport.
You can ask the BCPS Secretary if the pony has been tested through the BCPS office.
If you are in doubt ask the vendor to have the pony tested.
Also please ask for the stallion’s test result when taking a mare to stud. We would encourage all breeders to have their mares tested so as not to breed a foal that is positive for HSWD.