Originally Posted by nrhareiner
To me it is just one more thing to look at and think about when breeding. For me it is assigned a weight and that is all put into the decision process as to use a given stallion or mare or not.
There is no way I would ever say that no HERDA carriers can ever be used or registered. That is just not realistic.
Breeding carriers perpetuates the gene that causes the disease...there is no argument against that - it is a fact.
If no HERDA carrier were ever bred again, the gene would disappear completely in one generation...there is no argument against that
- it is a fact.
If everyone refused to breed carrier to carrier for now and all time, so the disease would never manifest itself despite the presence of the gene, then I wouldn't have an issue with breeding carriers to non carriers. This would let us have our cake and eat it too. But we both know that is not realistic either.
The darn problem is that while you and I and others may be knowledgeable and responsible breeders, we sadly represent a small minority of breeders. The vast majority of people that breed know little or nothing about HERDA, HYPP, SCIDS, and other genetic diseases, and don't subscribe to horse forums or other sources of information. What we deem as "common knowledge" is only common knowledge in the circles we run in...much of the world is either ignorant or just doesn't care.
That's why none of these diseases will ever be erradicated - poor breeders or breeders breeding unregistered stock with unknown ancestries. However, it is my opinion (and it is only an opinion), the registries should shoulder the responsibility to erradicate these diseases from registered stock. It can be done, and it can be done within the breeding lifetime of the horses now in existance - about 25 years. It is also my opinion that this should actually be a DUTY and a RESPONSIBILITY of the registries, which should be acting as stewards of their breeds rather than sitting around thinking up ways to increase their fee revenues.
You and I have always disagreed on this issue to a degree, although you know I don't condemn you because you know what you are doing. I just am personally more concerned with the bigger picture and consider the interest of our breeds more important than the interest of we owners and it bugs me that we don't eliminate HERDA and other horrible genetic diseases in our registered stock when it is easily within our ability to do so...