Vets alarm 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 warning that the” extreme breeding” of ponies could harm their health and welfare after pictures rose of a young Arabian horse 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 professional in Ellensburg, Washington state.

But British veterinarians and equine experts have told the Veterinary Record the nine-month-old colt represents” a matter of great concern ,” as its deformed skull to have been able to stimulate breathing impediments. The Guardian has been refused permission to publish pictures of the horse, but the mortal can be viewed here.

Tim Greet, an equine professional, told the Veterinary Record:” I find the whole event prodigious. Arabians have always had a instead’ dished ‘, look but this takes things to a ludicrous degree .”

According to Greet, such “deformity” is more significant for a mare than for pedigree dogs such as pugs, which can lose breathing problems. Pups can breathe through their openings, but horses can only breath through their noses.” I suppose exercise would definitely be limited for this pony ,” pronounced Greet.

Adele Waters, the editor of Veterinary Record, used to say every professional vet she had shown the epitomes to had acquired them shocking.

She suggested:” My first speculations were,’ Is this the work of CGI trickery ?’ Many specialist pony veterinaries have had a similar reaction. But the truth is this is a real horse and it has been spawned to meet the demands of a specific market that likes a particular appearance. Where will it resolve? Is it actually so bad for a horse to look like a mare and not a caricature persona ?”

Waters interrogated the honesty of such fashion-led breeding, in the wake of same 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 purely for that[ concave] examination. There is no functional price in a mare having a appearance like that. Vets is argued that if you misrepresent the skull like that there’s a risk you affect the airways and the breathing capacity of the mare .”

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 impossible to comment on an individual animal based only on photographic attest, as a general principle, any veer towards spawning for extremes of pattern which might adversely affect normal purpose must be condemned, on aid soils .”

Doug Leadley, a farm manager and primary rearing adviser for Orrion, claimed that” this horse is a stepping stone to getting close to perfection “. He dismissed reviews of the pony:” I fantasize most of those people don’t spawn ponies, or show them or aren’t very implied- this really is people who don’t understand .”

American veterinarians have recognised El Rey Magnum as two examples of situations of extreme raise, and one veterinarian 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 all over the world, including the UK. According to Leadley, the young mare is already worth several million dollars.

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