What makes a Thor­ough­bred

EQUUS - - Letters -

Dr. Deb Bennett’s in-depth ar­ti­cles are al­ways a treat, and I look for­ward to them. The lat­est se­ries on Thor­ough­breds is one of her best. But she hit the nail on the head when she wrote (con­cern­ing the loss of blood­line bio­di­ver­sity in the breed), “In so­cial, philo­soph­i­cal and eco­nomic terms it rep­re­sents a short­sighted will­ing­ness to dam­age the over­all health of the breed in trade for im­me­di­ate profit” (“Foun­da­tion Sires and Dams,” Con­for­ma­tion In­sights, EQUUS 449). I was blessed to wit­ness three Triple Crown win­ners, but I doubt that I will see an­other in my life­time for that very rea­son. Diane Weather­wax Jack­son, Michi­gan

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