Long face sad fate of breeding
Veterinarians fear the trend for breeding domestic animals to fit human ideas of what is attractive, even if it damages their health, has spread to horses, as images emerged of a “cartoonlike” colt bred with features like a Disney character.
Extreme breeding practices have left animals such as French pugs struggling to breathe.
Orrion Farms in Washington, US, has an Arabian colt for sale with excessively wide nostrils, big eyes and a flattened nose, like the character Buck from Disney’s Home on the Range.
The farm boasted the horse was a step towards perfection.
Tim Greet, a horse specialist in Newmarket, England, said Arabians were known for their “dished” features, but the modifications had been taken “to a ridiculous level”.
The deformity could be even worse for a horse than a dog.
“Dogs can mouth-breathe. Horses only breathe through their nose,” he said. “Exercise would definitely be limited for this horse.”
US vets who claim to have examined the colt say it has no respiratory issues.
El Rey Magnum, a young Arabian horse with a drastic concave profile.