Originally Posted by animalartcreations
Yes, it would take loud and persistent public outcry to work against the interests of the big time breeders who control the industry. I wouldn't call a change to the current policy unrealistic, just improbable if folks don't care enough to put higher value on non-carriers. The sport industry could indeed still produce champions without creating more HERDA or GBED carriers going forward.
In my mind it has little to do with big time breeders or little breeders. It has everything to do with the quality of the horses involved. If the horse is of high enough quality to over ride the fact that he/she is a HERDA carrier then you use them. If not then you do not use them. I have a very nice g-son of Doc O'Lena out of a g-daughter of Peppy San. Finished reiner. His get where looking very nice. When the test came out I tested him. He was/is a carrier. I weighed his quality vs him being a carrier. I gelded and sold him. Although he was a very nice horse there are many other very nice reining stallions who are not carriers with very similar breeding. SO there was no need to keep him intact. However there are other stallions out there that their quality, show record out weigh they carrier status.
Again it all comes down to what weight you put on a horse being a carrier.