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Extreme and cruel horse breeding leaves animals looking like cartoons, warn vets

SARAH KNAPTON: ‘The trend of breeding animals to make them more attractive even when it damages their health has spread to horses, vets are warning, after a stable released images showing a ‘cartoon-like’ colt. Extreme breeding practices have already left animals like French bulldogs and pugs struggling to breathe as their faces have become squashed over time to suit human demands. But vets believe that the worrying practice is now happening in horses after a US stud farm offered an Arabian Colt for sale with an strange concave, or ‘dished’ profile. The farm described the horse as a step towards ‘perfection’, but equine experts warned the animal may find it difficult to breathe and exercise with such a flattened nose. UK equine expert Tim Greet of Rossdales Veterinary Service, in Newmarket, said although Arabians were known for their ‘dished’ features, the new colt ‘takes things to a ridiculous level,’ and said the deformity could be even worse for a horse than for a dog… UK equine expert Tim Greet of Rossdales Veterinary Service said… “Dogs like man can mouth breathe, but horses can only breathe through their nose,” he told Veterinary Record magazine… I suspect exercise would definitely be limited for this horse”.’ SOURCE…

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