After friendly questions and advice, KFPS now wants to change course to eliminate genetic disorders in friezes. The proposal is to impose a fine of two thousand euros on the owner of the mare for dangerous mating (an untested mare or mare with hydrocephalus, dwarf paddling with a stallion carrying hydrocephalus or pygmy paddler). A good plan, or defining the freedom of choice that every breeder should have?
I don’t think this is a good plan at all. At least not fine. Things like that are counterproductive. There is a risk of interbreeding with every breed. We will have to invest more in DNA research and try to identify genetic defects. We can achieve a lot on a voluntary basis. A genealogy book could also do more in terms of politics. But this is a discussion of men in an association.
Sometimes I make the comparison with raising livestock. Because this is co-operative, there is a basis on which things are regulated by politics. This is a completely different rule. Emotion plays a major role in horse breeding. This would almost never be an objective topic in livestock farming. We are dealing with Friesian horses with a closed population. Livestock farming is spread all over the world. The risk of developing genetic defects is much lower. So you’re talking about completely different numbers to do research. The big dilemma in horse breeding is that the government should help in investing in research.
In any case, let us discuss this at length in the regions from a practical point of view and make the problem statement. Because of course this is not clear to many people. These are the initial steps and then we will have to come up with a targeted solution. When it becomes a social problem, and the whole world is involved, you will not succeed. We are only getting bogus discussions based on bogus arguments.
A genealogy book should take the lead in providing it with policy guidance so that it will have a positive impact in the future. You can choose to enter a different race. But if you want to breed a sport horse, don’t start with the Friesian. You also don’t have to make a copy of a KWPN from Frisian, because you have a KWPN for that. When it comes to the breeding characteristics of a recreational horse, the Friesian horse has something to offer. If I implement this breeding policy, so that genetic defects remain under control, I see no objection to choosing this path.
Every serious breeder within KFPS wants to avoid breeding risks. According to KFPS, 5,000 ripenings were recorded in 2021. In the explanatory note to the above proposal, 10 risk pairs are mentioned in relation to hydrocephalus and 20 in relation to dwarfism. A small percentage of 0.2 and 0.4%. The breeding board’s approach to penalizing an owner who deliberately chooses the mating risks of €2,000 is both ironic and for the stage. One goes around hot mush! It is more effective to put a mark on the horizon by deciding not to register stallions that carry the above mentioned genetic abnormalities such as KFPS stallions from 2027, for example. Stallions checked by DNA test. The costs are low and the examination can be performed as soon as the foal is born. This will undoubtedly lead to the disappearance of stallions of interest to the breeding service. To date, stallions that do not meet the specified requirements for semen, cornice and x-rays are dropped. Each added selection criterion leads to dropouts. We should only breed with the best and healthiest stallions. The exclusion of stallions with genetic abnormalities should not apply to current Book Stallions. The gradient path leads to the construction of the House of the Dead. Now that health has been listed as number one in the breeding goal by a modification by the KFPS Council of Members last year, the decision not to register stallions that carry genetic abnormalities like stallions for the long term seems inevitable. No doubt there will be members of the KFPS who will disagree with my view. Short pain is better than long pain to get to a healthy Friesian horse and everyone has a right to be dumb, including me! ”
We ourselves have a few famous stallions that are vectors. It’s great that they approved these stallions because they are the best in the horse book. We should not ignore it, just because we are in a closed breeding facility, then the population will decrease. These stallions have one gene that we don’t want, and maybe twenty genes that we want to have in breeding.
We must be aware of that. If you see how things have changed in the past few years because of DNA tests, that’s a very positive thing. You didn’t know before, so you can’t take that into account. As stallions we try to be really progressive and really help prevent dangerous mating. With some horses you can see it on paper, then the light starts burning for me right away. People would not consciously risk intermarriage. Suppose it happened once, then it wasn’t done on purpose. I am convinced of that. It is tricky if you do not have all the information because the horse has not been tested and you cannot see that it is pregnant based on bloodlines.
I think the fine is very convincing. Often it is due to the ignorance of people; I’ve never come across people who consciously pair risk taking. I don’t work on that either. It’s easier for us if they open everything up and test all the horses. Better put money into testing horses. If all the horses are tested as standard, we as stallion owners can, so to speak, sign in and reserve a cover. Now it’s still guesswork because some horses haven’t been tested.
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