Originally Posted by CLaPorte432
Unfortunately, the road goes both ways.
As a mare owner, I wouldn't breed my mare to a carrier. That's my responsibility and I'm responsible for that foal and the outcome. Why would I want to risk losing my foal when I could have found an equally attractive stallion that is negative for all genetic defects. They are out there, it's the mare owners responsibility to look and breed the best possible foal from a stallion/mare combo.
You have no risk by breeding a non carrier to a carrier. Unlike HyPP it takes two to get an afflicted horse. So no big deal.
There should be stipulations out there for breeding known carriers. AQHA won't be registering any H/H horses anymore for HYPP. Maybe they will be wise and not allow N/H horses to be bred.
What I think you will start seeing with the $85 deal AQHA is offering through Davis for 5 different test is the results of all on the horses papers.
We would wipe out all of the carriers in just one breeding generation if everyone was responsible. Fix everything that's a carrier. Boom, problem solved. :)
Where do you stop? If you did not breed a carrier of any genetic deffect you would not be breeding any horses at all. Every horse has defects. It is just that simple. Even if you narrow it down to things like HERDA GBED all the recessive defect again where do you stop? Do you stop at HERDA and/or GBED or do you include OLW SW2 SW3 all HZ leathal.
There is nothing wrong with carriers. They are not afflicted they are just like any other horse out there. So why is it such a big deal? As long as you test and do not breed 2 carriers you are fine.