Yesterday while getting ready to post Isla's Warlander registration papers I noticed the registry has added something new.
There is a sentence below the Warlander logo saying "Notes: If used for breeding, this horse should be tested for dwarfism & hydrocephalus"
When seeing that sentence it infers that one or both of the parents may be carriers but this is NOT the case. I understand why the registry would encourage people to do this but to be honest the cost involved ($65.00) each horse tested doesn't make sense to a breeder unless that cost is passed on to the buyer. Now I know why Dixie, the lady that bought Ayanna's 2018 colt sent me the message, "the dna results came back and he is all clear." I thought it was weird that she was making sure this really was Ayanna's colt by Evan but because she did send it in and had it done I know Raven and Lily are clear as those are Ayanna's parents which means Rosalie, Ayanna's full sister is clear and all of their offspring are clear.as long as these mares are bred to Evan. Evan is clear as that is the colt's sire. SO do I really need to spend $65.00 EXTRA on each horse when I KNOW they can't possibly be a carrier? We have around 20 foals a year and that is an EXTRA $1300.00 over and above the registering and DNA testing we already do, and that EXTRA money would buy a lot of hay, grain or bedding.
I quit FHANA as the cost of registering a foal was just too high. I really like the Friesian Heritage Horse Registry however (isn't there always a however) I'm not sure I like THAT sentence on the registration papers.