And for the record, people breed to deaf horses like Gunner because their phenomenal performance abilities, trainability and attitudes far outweigh a minor setback like deafness. Many top trainers with experience aboard deaf horses will tell you its not a hinderance, and can even be an asset, though no one intentionally breeds for it.[/QUOTE]
No. Just no.
Anyone who is intentionally (knowingly) breeding to a deaf horse needs to be permanently removed from the breeding population and branded on the forehead with some sort of insult that indicates how STUPID they are. Living creatures developed hearing for a reason - it is essential to survival. Like it or not, it is a genetic defect and like all genetic defects, is a defect. Meaning, the individual is defective and should not be bred!! It is not that hard to grasp!! I shouldn’t be shocked though… it’s the same people that knowingly breed for a likelihood of lethal white, or HYPP… :eyeroll:
I just can’t believe people can be so selfish.
OP, I’m sorry for derailing your thread.