The El Rey Magnum is close to perfection, according to its breeders in Washington state
Vets are warning that the” extreme spawning” of mares could harm their health and welfare after pictures emerged of a young Arabian horse with a drastically concave profile. Claimed to be already worth” various million dollars”, El Rey Magnum is said to be ” close to perfection” by its breeders at Orrion Farms, an Arabian mare professional in Ellensburg, Washington state.
But British vets and equine experts have told the Veterinary Record the nine-month-old colt represents” a worrying development ,” as its deformed skull could potentially induce breathing difficulties. The Guardian has been refused permission to publish pictures of the pony, but the mortal can be viewed here.
Tim Greet, an equine specialist, told the Veterinary Record:” I find the whole thing amazing. Arabians have always had a rather’ dished ‘, face but this takes things to a ridiculous stage .”
According to Greet, such “deformity” is more significant for a mare than for pedigree puppies such as pugs, which can tolerate breathing difficulties. Dogs can breathe through their openings, but horses can only breathe through their snouts.” I suspect exercise would definitely be limited for this horse ,” said Greet.
Adele Waters, the editor of Veterinary Record, said that every professional veterinary she had shown the portraits to had felt them shocking.
She said:” My first guess were,’ Is this the work of CGI trickery ?’ Many specialist horse veterinarians have had a same reaction. But the truth is this is a real horse and it has been spawned to meet the needs of the of a specific grocery that likes a particular look. Where will it end? Is it certainly so bad for a mare to look like a pony and not a cartoon character ?”
Waters questioned the morality of such fashion-led raise, in the wake of similar horrors over the health and welfare of flat-nosed bird-dog engenders such as bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs.
” The real original Arabian horse’s head was very beautiful but they are now being bred solely for that[ concave] ogle. There is no way functional ethic in a mare having a face like that. Veterinaries believe that if you contort the skull like that there’s a risk you feign the airways and the breathing capacity of the pony .”
Dr Madeleine Campbell, an equine reproduction consultant, expert in animal welfare and ethics and director of the Equine Ethics Consultancy, told the Veterinary Record:” Whilst it is obviously impossible to comment on an individual animal based only on photographic sign, as a general principle, any trend towards engendering for extremes of flesh which might adversely affect ordinary perform must be condemned, on aid sand .”
Doug Leadley, a farm manager and primary raise adviser for Orrion, claimed that” this mare is a stepping stone to getting close to perfection “. He dismissed criticisms of the horse:” I speculate most of those people don’t breed ponies, or show them or aren’t very involved- those are people who don’t understand .”
American veterinaries have recognised El Rey Magnum as an example of situations of extreme reproduction, and one veterinarian has said that the horse had not yet been medical or respiratory issues.
Since launching a promotional video earlier this month, the farm has received interest from across the world, including the UK. According to Leadley, the young horse is already worth several million dollars.
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