For our first
installment, we have selected some passages from a paper entitled, "Pieces
of Perfection, Genetic Knowledge Applied to Horse Breeding". This paper
was written by
Howard F. Kale Jr., Karho Farms Inc. and Dee B. Whittlesey, M.D., Zodiac Farms.
this particular paper because of the way the authors described their approach to breeding.
feel that the article is right on point and most inspiring.
Quotes from Pieces of
perfect Arabian is an ideal that has not yet existed, even among the most renowned
horses of the past. But pieces of perfection do exist, displayed in offspring of
horses, whose bloodlines play a dominant role in the finest breeding programs of
breeder must define, evaluate and establish his own breeding goal. That breeding
goal at Kale's Arabians Horses is the attainment of PERFECTION. Perfection in all
of correct, able and useful structure combined with the classic standards of beauty,
quality, temperament and the extreme refinement of the Arabian breed. Creations of
endowed with the willingness and capacity of superior physical achievement."
"In the attainment of his goal, each breeder has at his disposal the present living
of the breed and if one is so fortunate, a personal knowledge of those past individuals
which today's generations were selected. It is each breeders unique evaluation and
(in harmony with and directed by his breeding goal) of and among these present
each composed of it's specific set of virtues, superiority's, insufficiencies, genetic
and heritage, that determines the matings he directs. The matings thus selected,
under the inherent function and constraint of the physical prowess of genetic inheritance,
and determine the future generations and the attainments of the breeder."
This drawing by Gladys Brown Edwards is a splendid
representation of the near perfect
Arabian horse. This horse has an excellent length of croup, good arch to it's neck,
excellent length and angulation of shoulder, good straight legs, and of course, an
head with large, expressive eyes, a large jowl and an overall dryness of the facial
Part II in our next update