Thought 4the day: Life with horses is one i would never change for the world. They make you smile and can make you cry (with happiness and saddness). They are like having children and the bonus is when they are old enough and are backed in the right way they can take you with them on a journey around the block. Treasure them, love them. be with them and never hurt them. They don't forget but they do forgive but forgiving is not always giving the trust back.....
Fact 4the day: Studbook selection
Studbook selection is a process used in certain breeds of horses to select breeding stock. It allows a breed registry to direct the evolution of the breed towards the ideal by eliminating unhealthy or undesirable animals from the population. The removal of individuals from a population is called culling, and does not suggest killing the animal in question. Typica...lly, culls are castrated or they and their offspring are unable to be registered.
Registries which implement studbook selection differ from registries which require only two parents of the proper pedigree or registration status. For example, a horse foal with two Thoroughbred parents is almost certainly a Thoroughbred, but a foal with two Oldenburg parents may not be accepted through studbook selection to be an Oldenburg.
The pattern of studbook selection varies from nation to nation and registry to registry, but among horse registries, particularly warmblood registries, the general outline includes an inspection of foals before formal registration, evaluation of conformation and movement of broodmares, and evaluation of the conformation, movement, health, and performance ability of stallions. Decisions about which mares and stallions are suitable breeding stock are made by elected breed judges, who strive for objectivity and transparency.
Quote 4the day: Treasure them, love them, let them grow and flourish and they will take you with them on their journey :o)