Veterinarians caution that ‘extreme breeding’ could harm 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 ponies could harm their health and welfare after pictures emerged 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 vets 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 exhaling difficulties. The Guardian has been refused permission to publish pictures of the pony, but the soul can be viewed here.

Tim Greet, an equine professional, told the Veterinary Record:” I find the whole circumstance astonishing. Arabians have always had a preferably’ dished ‘, appearance but this takes things to a foolish stage .”

According to Greet, such “deformity” is more significant for a mare than for pedigree puppies such as pugs, which can accept breathing questions. Pups can breathe through their mouths, but horses is simply breathe through their snouts.” I suppose activity would definitely be limited for the purposes of our mare ,” said Greet.

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

She said:” My first supposes were,’ Is this the work of CGI trickery ?’ Many specialist mare veterinarians have had a similar reaction. But the truth is this is a real mare and it has been engendered to meet the demands of a specific market that likes a particular impression. Where will it intention? Is it actually so bad for a horse to look like a pony and not a cartoon character ?”

Waters wondered the honesty of such fashion-led reproduce, in the aftermath of same anxieties over the health and welfare of flat-nosed pup makes 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] looking. There is no functional importance in a mare having a face like that. Veterinarians believe that if you misrepresent the skull like that there’s a risk you alter the airways and the breathing capacity of the horse .”

Dr Madeleine Campbell, an equine breeding 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 ground, as a guiding principles, any veer towards multiplying for extremes of kind which is able to adversely affect ordinary run must be condemned, on welfare 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 guess the majority of members of those people don’t breed ponies, or show them or aren’t very committed- those are people who don’t understand .”

American veterinaries have recognised El Rey Magnum as an example of an extreme spawn, and one vet has said that the pony has no medical or respiratory issues.

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

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