*warning - Rant* I have 2 impressive horses. Both are HYPP/NN. I think they are great horses. It makes me sad that everytime the name Impressive comes up, people insist on dimming the light on him. Yes HYPP is a horrible thing and it's a very sad thing that people didn't know about it. He was heavily bred, yes, but so is every other great stallion out there.
HYPP is something that should always be known. People should understand it, just as they should understand such things as HERDA in quarter horses, SCID, CCA, LFS, OAAM, Epilepsy, and GPT in arabs, you also have LWS, OLWS, WFS, and wobblers syndrom in Paints. You have Saddlebreds, who have some sort of defect but I can't think of it. There are also Miniatures that have dwarfism, Appys have the highest risk of ERU and CSNB (blindness type issues), and belgians have an issue to....
So all breeds have their demons....We should become more knowledgeable yes, but not condem a horse for it's lineage...
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