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Re: [RC] Breed standard - Bette Lamore

Obviously people are going to do what they are going to do, and as we do not live in a police state, we are not going to stop the backyard breeder and I for one feel uncomfortable setting myself up as a judge of who should breed and who shouldn't. If someone has the resources to take care of a baby and wants to breed her/his mare-- who has the right to tell her/him not to? And how would those decisions be made? By halter people? Dressage people? Endurance People? You catch my drift.
As we cannot tell people who has the right to breed and who doesn't, I for one would support a system which at least has a shot at making sure that the stallions approved in that particular registry have good conformation (not by size or halter standards, not by the "fad of the day" standards, but by basic standards of generally agreed upon ideas of good movement and conformation).
When you start judging people by their motives for breeding and start talking about who has the "right" to breed, I guess it gets my dander up. There are too many "knowledgeable" people breeding horses with major conformational flaws and who breed just too dang MANY horses that they ultimately "dispose" of. We are never going to stop them. So again, if someone wants to breed Bessie and has the money to raise and keep the foal, whatever the outcome, who is to say that is wrong.
I vote for positive solutions to give people tools to make wise decisions.. and then again... they may not and that has to be OK too.
Bette


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

woa@xxxxxxxxxxxx


writes:


I am not implying that people could not breed to unapproved
stallions----  merely that it would be nice for such a registry to

exist

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

conformation


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.

People


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.

Heidi


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Bette Lamore
Whispering Oaks Arabians
Home of 16.2h TLA Halynov
who lives on through his legacy
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