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Re: [RC] Breed standard - Heidi Smith

In a message dated 3/15/03 3:25:06 PM Pacific Standard Time,

I am not implying that people could not breed to unapproved
 stallions----  merely that it would be nice for such a registry to
 for the person not really knowledgeable about conformation issues nor
 about what to look for in movement

My take on this is that if a person is not knowledgeable about
and movement, they need to become so BEFORE they start breeding.  If they
don't want to take the time to learn these things, they have no business
breeding!  That's part of the problem with the Arabian horse today.
who have no idea what functional conformation or correct movement are, are
breeding because they want to produce "living art".

Amen!  Well said!  And all too often, it is the persistent breeders with
vision and knowledge who keep the functional segment of any breed going,
while the fads follow along on the coattails of the "inspectors" and
"judges."  Even with those who have little knowledge participating, it is
far better to have several functional visions at work than only those
visions of a select few.


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