Veterinarians alert that ‘extreme breeding’ could injure mares

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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 breeding” 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 “several million dollars”, El Rey Magnum is said to be ” close to perfection” by its breeders at Orrion Farms, an Arabian pony 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 effect breath difficulties. The Guardian has been refused permission to publish photographs of the pony, but the character can be viewed here.

Tim Greet, an equine professional, told the Veterinary Record:” I find the whole thought unbelievable. Arabians have always had a rather’ dished ‘, look but this takes things to a ludicrous grade .”

According to Greet, such “deformity” is more significant for a pony than for pedigree puppies such as pugs, which can sustain breathing difficulties. Pups can breathe through their mouths, but horses is simply inhaled through their noses.” I believe exercising would definitely be limited for the purposes of our pony ,” said Greet.

Adele Waters, the writer of Veterinary Record, “re just saying that” every professional veterinary she had shown the portraits to had ascertained them shocking.

She said:” My first remembers were,’ Is this the work of CGI trickery ?’ Many specialist mare vets have had a similar reaction. But the truth is this is a real horse and it has been engendered to meet the demands of a specific marketplace that likes a particular illusion. Where will it point? Is it truly so bad for a horse to look like a mare and not a caricature persona ?”

Waters interrogated the ethic of such fashion-led multiply, in the wake of similar fears over the health and welfare of flat-nosed hound spawns such as bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs.

” The real original Arabian horse’s head was very beautiful but they are now being multiplied strictly for that[ concave] seem. “Were not receiving” functional quality in a horse having a appearance like that. Vets is argued that if you misrepresent the skull like that there’s a risk you change the airways and the breathing capability of the pony .”

Dr Madeleine Campbell, an equine breeding specialist, expert in animal welfare and ethics and head of the Equine Ethics Consultancy, told the Veterinary Record:” Whilst it is obviously hopeless make a few comments on an individual animal based only on photographic proof, as a general principle, any tendency towards spawning for extremes of chassis which is able to adversely affect ordinary role must be condemned, on aid sand .”

Doug Leadley, a farm manager and primary reproduce consultant for Orrion, claimed that” this pony is a stepping stone to getting close to perfection “. He dismissed criticisms of the horse:” I fantasize most of those people don’t breed mares, or be demonstrating or aren’t very committed- those are people who don’t understand .”

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

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

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