Veterinarians caution 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 engendering” 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 mare consultant 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 make subsisting difficulties. The Guardian has been refused permission to publish pictures of the horse, but the character can be viewed here.

Tim Greet, an equine specialist, told the Veterinary Record:” I find the whole happening amazing. Arabians have always had a instead’ dished ‘, look but this takes things to a laughable level .”

According to Greet, such “deformity” is more significant for a pony than for pedigree bird-dogs such as pugs, who are capable of tolerate breathing difficulties. Puppies can breathe through their lips, but horses can only exhaled through their noses.” I suspect exercise would definitely be limited for the purposes of our horse ,” added Greet.

Adele Waters, the writer of Veterinary Record, said that every professional vet she had shown the portraits to had acquired them shocking.

She read:” My first beliefs were,’ Is this the work of CGI trickery ?’ Many specialist mare veterinarians have had a similar action. But the truth is this is a real pony and it has been engendered to serve the needs of a particular grocery that likes a particular look. Where will it purpose? Is it really so bad for a mare to look like a pony and not a cartoon reputation ?”

Waters interrogated the justice of such fashion-led multiply, in the wake of similar horrors over the health and well-being of flat-nosed hound raises 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] ogle. There is no functional importance in a horse having a face like that. Veterinaries believe that if you falsify the skull like that there’s a risk you change the airways and the breathing capability of the pony .”

Dr Madeleine Campbell, an equine reproduction expert, expert in animal welfare and ethics and director 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 manifestation, as a general principle, any veer towards engendering for extremes of word which is able to adversely affect ordinary role must be condemned, on welfare floors .”

Doug Leadley, a farm director and primary raising adviser for Orrion, claimed that” this pony is a stepping stone to getting close to perfection “. He dismissed disapprovals of the mare:” I envisage the majority of members of those people don’t spawn ponies, or show them or aren’t very concerned- those are people who don’t understand .”

American vets have recognised El Rey Magnum as an example of an extreme produce, 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 farmers ” has received interest from all over the world, includes the UK. According to Leadley, the young horse is already worth several million dollars.

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