Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
She may be sweet as pie but she's not a good example of the Arabian breed. Probably the reason why she isn't registered.
With respect, I disagree - IMO this is a far better example of an Arabian than the kinds of mutants that win led classes these days, with their benchtop backs, unsuitable leg conformation, and ridiculously overdished faces - nothing like a working Arabian. For those, I look to Crabbet and Polish lines. I love seeing Arabians like @phantomhorse13
's (or @bsms
's and his acquaintances, I've loved the photos of those) still in the gene pool - thank goodness the endurance and working lines are preserving proper, decent riding type Arabians, instead of those odious showring poodles, some of which actually have breathing problems due to their excessive dishing - and some of which have undershot jaws, genetically linked to the same breeding fashion... similar to what happens in Bulldogs, and other squashed-face dog mutants that are nothing like the ancestral (and fully functional) wolf type - poor creatures brought into existence by human vanity, and lack of biological understanding and compassion... same with the broiler chicken breed, who all have arthritis from a few weeks old because their mutated oversized muscles can't be supported by their feeble skeletons... and so many other domesticated animals bred away from the functional, healthy wild types...
This is nothing personal, Dreamcatcher
- I know you and I are about as far apart as they come with what we like in our Arabians - but I am a biologist by training and inclination, and I feel very deeply the pain and the wrong of the deliberate breeding of what amounts to animals with fashionable and/or profitable physical liabilities and disabilities, and its enshrining into so-called "breed standards". This is an ethical issue for me, and ultimately about animal welfare.
And when I look at the Arabian presented here, I'd far rather work with her than with what's fashionable in the show ring. My Crabbet/Polish mare had two conformational issues - she was cow-hocked (but travelled straight - not such an issue, and I saw it in a lot of other endurance horses at the time), and she had the long back of the Autumn Sunshine line - that was the main issue, especially as I'm not a lightweight rider, and required me to work on her back muscles with a lot of supplementary lunging and liberty work etc, and even cart driving. But, she was a very successful endurance horse and all-rounder, and retired without arthritis after being ridden into her late 20s, with God only knows how many miles in her legs.
That's a horse and rider who both had conformational issues - but whose conformational issues didn't stop them having a long, productive working life together...