SUN photo/John Finefrock
Dr. Mitch Wilkinson poses with his two horses, Lucky and Blacky, at his home in Pagosa Springs. Wilkinson has traveled around the world in search of horse DNA to prove that certain breeds are genetically unique.

Searching for centuries-old horse DNA to save dwindling species

By John Finefrock
Staff Writer
Dr. Mitch Wilkinson is on the hunt for horse DNA in an attempt to save two species that have dwindling numbers: the Spanish colonial horse and the North American curly horse.

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SUN photo/John Finefrock
Lucky, a North American curly horse, has a unique curly coat due to a genetic mutation.