Breed­ing warm bloods will boost in­dus­try

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE -

Han Guo­cai, deputy di­rec­tor of theHorse Re­search Cen­ter at China Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity:

When I first came to Fan’s horse farm, I was sur­prised by the ef­forts he had made to pro­tect Bo­hai horses. I never ex­pected there would be such a large herd of the breed.

Bo­hai horses are a pre­cious breed of Chi­nese horses, which took 30 years to de­velop by in­te­grat­ingMon­go­lian horses and horses in­tro­duced from the Soviet Union dur­ing the 1950s and ’60s.

But with the rise of mech­a­nized agri­cul­ture, the num­ber of Bo­hai horses, which were of­ten used in farm­ing, dropped sharply. To ef­fec­tively pro­tect this breed, we should pro­tect pure Bo­hai horses as well as con­tinue to im­prove their at­tributes to make them suited for new­tasks.

We don’t have do­mes­tic warm blood horses, but we can breed Bo­hai warm bloods by cross­breed­ing Bo­hais with over­seas qual­ity horses, such as Euro­pean warm bloods. That would ob­vi­ously en­rich the do­mes­tic horse port­fo­lio and raise the qual­ity of do­mes­tic horses. The breed­ing process would take around 20 years.

Bo­hai warm blood horses would be well-suited for jump­ing and dres­sage com­pe­ti­tions. Most do­mes­tic horse clubs now buy Euro­pean horses for those com­pe­ti­tions, even though they have to pay a high price for them.

Once Bo­hai warm bloods are cul­ti­vated, the cost would be greatly re­duced, which would pro­mote the devel­op­ment of eques­tri­an­ism in China. Ju Chuanjiang and Zhao Ruixue

Han Guo­cai

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