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[RC] Breed standard - CMNewell

I agree that horses should be sound, and able to work. I was just wondering what everyone else thought. I like the way Fresians are done. They are judged on their type, and ability to do.

The Fresisian genepool is incredibly small, and they also have some weird rules--like yanking the breeding license of any stallion bred to a non-Fresian mare. I can do without that sort of micro-management, thankyouverymuch.

I'm not saying you couldn't register all Arabs, just that perhaps by having stallions, and even mares (since I am a firm believer in the foundation MARE) judge approved for breeding that it could help prevent bad breeding.

Won't prevent bad breeding--even two approved individuals can produce godawful progeny if they are not a suitable match. And once more, I think I am a better judge of the strengths and weaknesses of the lines in which I have an interest than some random judge chosen by geographic location.

I know that many people out there know when to breed certain horses, and when not to. But there are also those who just breed if they have the papers!

So? While it may be a stupid move, I don't feel that I have any inherent right to regulate that. Some people ought not to have children. Are you going after them next?

Perhaps I should restate myself. I don't think that only certain horses should be ALLOWED to breed, only that certain stock should be APPROVED to breed. If the horse doesn't meet standards, fine go ahead and breed it if you want. I just think that having horses judged to the standard, and soundness (I think that is the best way, abitity seems so pin-pointed) would help people to determine when to breed better.

That was the original intent behind breeding classes at horse shows, and look what damage *those* have done to various breeds. BTW, there are many many crippled warmbloods out there out of approved parents.

Again, I don't mean to make people all pissed off. I was just trying to test the waters, and I think I blew in a hurrican!

No; you just IMHO haven't looked deeply enough into the whole thing. Unintended consequences, and all. I am against narrowing the gene pool for specious reasons. Think about what a mess might have been made if approval of certain stock had been made before SCID was understood. We might have a far higher incidence in the breed than we do.

--CMNewell, DVM

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