Look­ing for­ward

EQUUS - - Letters -

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

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