Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
I don't see in that quote where it says the males were less pure than the females? Only that the lines were traced through females.
Its almost the exact opposite of most breeds today. Most breeds brag on who the sire was, which really doesn't make much sense other than the sire can get his name out there more because he can have more offspring to succeed in shows and such than what a mare can produce. So more offspring means more publicity which means more popularity.
However, I firmly believe a mare leaves more of herself in the resulting foal than a stallion of any breed does. This is because only the mtDNA comes from the mare, in addition to the fact that the mare leaves an imprint on the foal since she nurtures it through its first several months of life.
Tracing lines through the mares just makes more sense. It doesn't mean the stallions/geldings are less pure, but only that in the sense of breeding the mare will have more impact.
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