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Date Posted: 06:15:22 01/11/09 Sun
Author: Helen
Subject: Doomed?
In reply to: Alex 's message, "It seems the breed is doomed!!!!" on 05:09:14 01/11/09 Sun

If you feel that the FPS is going in the wrong direction should you not be covering your friesian mares with (in your view) a good approved stallion and producing full papered baroque examples of the breed which can be graded, instead of using a non-approved stallion and producing non-papered friesians and crossbreeds?
Is it not better to work within the framework of a breed and its registry/rules for change and improvement instead of standing on the outside throwing stones?
I prefer the baroque style of friesian too and have a gelding of this type, so I understand where you are coming from with your frustration at the upsurge of 'sports type' friesians.
If you actually want to make things better, why not produce and promote baroque type friesians in the UK for a UK market using approved stallions by AI? I don't understand what good producing crossbreeds is doing for the friesian horse, history has shown it only harms the breed. That's why they ended up with such a small gene pool and all the associated problems.
If you buy full papered baroque mares and ship them to the UK, then produce foals from them using a non-approved stallion, surely you are making the problem worse? You are reducing even further the baroque population of full papered friesians by effectively taking these mares out of the FPS system and their potential to add to the 'legitimate' baroque population is lost. Is your breeding strategy not in fact part of the problem, a problem which you recognise but offer no solution to?
Please don't take this as a hostile reply, I'm sure you came on here for a discussion so I'm just throwing some petrol on the fire.

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