Veterinarians counsel that ‘extreme breeding’ could harm ponies

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The El Rey Magnum is close to perfection, according to its breeders in Washington state

Vets are warns that the” extreme spawning” of horses could harm their health and welfare after pictures developed of a young Arabian pony with a drastically concave profile. Claimed to be already worth “several million dollars”, El Rey Magnum is said to be ” close to perfection” by its breeders at Orrion Farms, an Arabian horse consultant in Ellensburg, Washington state.

But British veterinaries and equine experts have told the Veterinary Record the nine-month-old colt represents” a worrying development ,” as its deformed skull to have been able to generate breath difficulties. The Guardian has been refused permission to publish pictures of the pony, but the beast can be viewed here.

Tim Greet, an equine specialist, told the Veterinary Record:” I find the whole concept staggering. Arabians have always had a preferably’ dished ‘, appearance but this takes things to a ludicrous grade .”

According to Greet, such “deformity” is more significant for a mare than for pedigree puppies such as pugs, which are able to abide breathing questions. Bird-dogs can breathe through their lips, but horses can only breath through their snouts.” I suppose practise would definitely be limited for the purposes of our horse ,” said Greet.

Adele Waters, the writer of Veterinary Record, “re just saying that” every professional vet she had shown the images to had acquired them shocking.

She said:” My first beliefs were,’ Is this the work of CGI trickery ?’ Many specialist pony vets have had a same reaction. But the truth is this is a real pony and it has been engendered to meet the needs of the of a specific market that likes a particular look. Where will it cease? Is it certainly so bad for a horse to look like a horse and not a cartoon attribute ?”

Waters questioned the justice of such fashion-led multiply, in the wake of similar fears over the health and welfare of flat-nosed bird-dog produces such as bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs.

” The real original Arabian horse’s head was very beautiful but they are now being engendered solely for that[ concave] look. “Were not receiving” functional price in a mare having a face like that. Vets believe that if you contort the skull like that there’s a risk you alter the airways and the breathing ability of the pony .”

Dr Madeleine Campbell, an equine replication consultant, expert in animal welfare and ethics and administrator of the Equine Ethics Consultancy, told the Veterinary Record:” Whilst it is obviously impossible to comment on an individual animal based only on photographic evidence, as a guiding principles, any veer towards breeding for extremes of pattern which might adversely affect ordinary capacity must be condemned, on aid soils .”

Doug Leadley, a farm manager and primary raise consultant for Orrion, claimed that” this pony is a stepping stone to getting close to perfection “. He dismissed disapprovals of the pony:” I envision the majority of members of those people don’t spawn ponies, or show them or aren’t very involved- those are people who don’t understand .”

American vets have recognised El Rey Magnum as an example of situations of extreme breed, and one veterinary has said that the pony has no medical or respiratory issues.

Since launching a promotional video earlier this month, the farm has received interest from all over the world, includes the UK. According to Leadley, the young mare is already worth several million dollars.

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