Thank you so very much for the Conformation Insights articles on breed history from Deb Bennett, PhD. The articles have educated me why the “bulldog” Quarter Horses look so different from related breeds, and I have enjoyed the history on the Civil War horses, as well. I am learning so much.
I have a question about conformation that has been nagging me for years: I’ve noticed that American Pharoah and Zenyatta have wavy or curly ears, as opposed to the traditional almond-shape ear, and I wondered if this could be connected to other genetic traits that improve performance.
I would also be interested in seeing future articles about dog breeds, and how their work interconnects with horses---for example, Dalmatians and fire wagon horses, Australian Shepherds with Brumbies, Jack Russell Terriers as rodent managers, as well as Welsh Corgis, Foxhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, etc. Nancy Jacob Lawrenceville, Georgia