Vets advise 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 warning that the” extreme multiplying” of horses could harm their health and welfare after pictures developed of a young Arabian mare 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 specialist 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 make inhaling impediments. The Guardian has been refused permission to publish photographs of the mare, but the being can be viewed here.

Tim Greet, an equine professional, told the Veterinary Record:” I find the whole thought astounding. Arabians have always had a rather’ dished ‘, appearance but this takes things to a ridiculous rank .”

According to Greet, such “deformity” is more significant for a pony than for pedigree pups such as pugs, who are capable of sustain breathing questions. Dogs can breathe through their mouths, but horses can only breathe through their snouts.” I suspect exercise would definitely be limited for this pony ,” did Greet.

Adele Waters, the writer of Veterinary Record, used to say every professional veterinary she had shown the epitomes to had encountered them shocking.

She pronounced:” My first believes were,’ Is this the work of CGI trickery ?’ Many specialist pony vets have had a same action. But the truth is this is a real horse and it has been bred to meet the demands of a particular market that likes a specific form. Where will it resolve? Is it actually so bad for a horse to look like a mare and not a cartoon persona ?”

Waters wondered the justice of such fashion-led produce, in the wake of same horrors over the health and welfare of flat-nosed puppy breeds 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] review. There is no functional price in a horse having a appearance like that. Veterinarians believe that if you distort the skull like that there’s a risk you affect the airways and the breathing capability of the horse .”

Dr Madeleine Campbell, an equine reproduction consultant, expert in animal welfare and ethics and chairman of the Equine Ethics Consultancy, told the Veterinary Record:” Whilst it is obviously impossible to comment on an individual animal based only on photographic testify, as a general principle, any tendency towards engendering for extremes of organize which might adversely affect ordinary perform must be condemned, on welfare grounds .”

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

American vets have recognised El Rey Magnum as two examples of situations of extreme raise, and one vet has said that the pony 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. Harmonizing to Leadley, the young mare is already worth several million dollars.

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