Yahoo article: Cloning horses is the new frontier for the equestrian world

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    07-24-2012, 01:05 PM
Yahoo article: Cloning horses is the new frontier for the equestrian world

"He was one of the most beloved horses in the world. Aiken Cura, owned by top-ranked polo player Adolfo Cambiaso, was strong and sleek and swift – so much that he was known even beyond his sport's elite circles. And then during one match in Argentina in 2006, the stallion broke down. Cambiaso cried as the ambulance took him away. Aiken Cura was fitted with a prosthesis, but in 2007 he had to be put down. And that, many thought, would be the last time the world would see the likes of Aiken Cura.

But on a blistering summer day here in this quiet patch of countryside, a huge wooden gate opens to reveal a winding roadway through hundreds of acres of rolling land. The plot is dotted by ponies that roam in packs. One of them trots gallantly in the shade of a gathering of trees. He has a light brown coat speckled with white dots. To most, he looks like just another horse. But to the truest polo fans, and to Cambiaso himself, he is unmistakable.

This is Aiken Cura's clone..."
Cloning horses is the new frontier for the equestrian world - Yahoo! Sports

Lapa, a top polo horse in Argentina, has three clones. (Yahoo! Sports)

Interesting. I may be getting too old for the world we are entering.
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    07-24-2012, 01:09 PM
Sigh, people need to stop thinking that a clone is the reincarnation of the original animal. It's not, it's merely an exact genetic COPY. It may not even look like the original donor.

More than just genetics make an animal or person who they are. A lot has to to with nurture and training. There's no guarantee that horse is going to be anything like its donor.
    07-24-2012, 01:13 PM
I wonder how much that all cost O_O
    07-24-2012, 02:18 PM
Can we give them Storm Trooper helmets now and start a horsey clone war? That'd be pretty bad ass.
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    07-24-2012, 05:01 PM
I would totally clone my horse lol
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    07-24-2012, 05:02 PM
^ I would too xD
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    07-24-2012, 05:07 PM
But I want him in pinto, can they do that yet??
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    07-24-2012, 05:13 PM
Green Broke
Genetic cloning...key words. Not reincarnation, not exact look alike genetic. They are a clone of the other horses genetics....doesnt mean its going to be another prodigy.
    07-24-2012, 05:14 PM
I wouldn't clone any of mine, even my beloved, now deceased heart horse. Even if the subsequent foal LOOKED like him, it wouldn't BE him.
    07-24-2012, 05:16 PM
I also distrust any research source that refers to "equestrian horses" with no sense of irony.
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