Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
That is completely false. Impressive does not equal HYPP. HYPP is a disease that is 100% testable and preventable. There are THOUSANDS of Impressive descendants without HYPP and who will never pass on HYPP. This line is responsible for some of the GREATEST horses in history - there is absolutely nothing wrong with the line itself, the problem lays in irresponsible breeders who are too lazy, ignorant or stupid to bother testing or think it's ok to breed N/H horses. But that is the worst reason I've heard for disliking a bloodline responsible for so many great things, and based on completely false assumptions.
I did NOT say all Impressive-bred horses will all have HYPP. I said they CAN
pass on the disease, which is indeed true. And I never discounted the impact Impressive has made on the horse industry. Please do not twist my words.
Yes, HYPP can be tested for genetically. But just think about all those lazy, ignorant, and stupid breeders who do not test, as you pointed out.
And I am not going to debate on this anymore because this topic was OPINION. And I am entitled to it. That's fine if you don't agree with me, but don't claim I have made false statements when I clearly have not.
Here is the excerpt and direct quote from Bob Avila and Sue M. Copeland from the Oct 2010 issue of Horse and Rider article titled "Greed: Learn the five ways the almight dollar can be hazardous to horses (and people)":
Greed rears its ugly head in the breeding shed in several obvious ways. One is the continued breeding of trendy bloodlines with known health issues. Certainly HYPP in the halter industry is one glaring example. Breeders (and buyers) are willing to risk a serious health condition to gain the muscle bulk that wins in the show pen.
Other, less-glaring examples exist. For instance, some top performance blood lines are know to pass along OCD, navicular, and other career-limiting conditions. Yet, because such bloodlines sell, breeders keep cranking out those foals, many of which fall apart during the physical stress of training. But breeders keep breeding them, because buyers keep buying them. If the market for such bloodlines dried up, the breeders who produce them would, too. Or, they'd have to change.