Vets remind that ‘extreme breeding’ could harm horses

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

Vets are warning that the” extreme engendering” of ponies could harm their health and welfare after pictures developed of a young Arabian pony with a drastically concave chart. 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 specialist in Ellensburg, Washington state.

But British veterinaries and equine experts have told the Veterinary Record the nine-month-old colt represents” a matter of great concern ,” as its deformed skull could potentially cause subsisting difficulties. The Guardian has been refused permission to publish pictures of the horse, but the creature can be viewed here.

Tim Greet, an equine consultant, told the Veterinary Record:” I find the whole situation awesome. Arabians have always had a instead’ dished ‘, look but this takes things to a stupid height .”

According to Greet, such “deformity” is more significant for a mare than for pedigree dogs such as pugs, which can sustain breathing difficulties. Hounds can breathe through their mouths, but horses can only gasped through their snouts.” I suppose employ are certainly be limited for the purposes of our mare ,” said Greet.

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

She said:” My first anticipates were,’ Is this the work of CGI trickery ?’ Many specialist mare veterinarians have had a same reaction. But the truth is this is a real mare and it has been engendered to meet the needs of the of a particular market that likes a particular form. Where will it aim? Is it truly so bad for a horse to look like a horse and not a cartoon reference ?”

Waters wondered the moral of such fashion-led spawn, in the aftermath of similar anxieties over the health and welfare of flat-nosed dog reproductions such as bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs.

” The real original Arabian horse’s head was very beautiful but they are now being engendered strictly for that[ concave] seem. There is no functional appraise in a mare having a look like that. Vets is argued that if you contort the skull like that there’s a risk you feign the airways and the breathing capability of the mare .”

Dr Madeleine Campbell, an equine replication consultant, expert in animal welfare and ethics and head 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 direction towards spawning for extremes of way which is able to adversely affect normal serve must be condemned, on aid sand .”

Doug Leadley, a farm administrator and primary raising consultant for Orrion, claimed that” this horse is a stepping stone to getting close to perfection “. He rejected criticisms of the mare:” I conceive most of those people don’t engender ponies, or show them or aren’t very implied- those are people who don’t understand .”

American vets have recognised El Rey Magnum as an example of situations of extreme multiply, and one vet has said that the mare had not yet been 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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