QUOTE (diane @ Mar 7 2012, 02:26 PM)
It's quite interesting that when discussing asils with the concept that they are Bedouin desertbred horses or from same, that there is the tendency to example the achievements of those in a pedigree in terms of the stallions and their achievements, even when discussing the "female line"!
For me, racing isn't the be all and end all of performance achievement, though it is a performance attribute. An ability of the asil, in a ghazu/raid would have been to turn sharply, along with the ability to flee or chase as fast as they could. Where does straight racing show the ability to turn sharply? I feel there is so much more to a performance Arabian than simply being fast in races.
As has been mentioned, pedigrees have the potential to hold a lot of information. To utilise that information would be to know each of the individuals in that pedigree (their strengths and weaknesses / whether they are dominant or not). What Lies Beneath: a look at the importance of a pedigree
by Betty Finke.
More interestingly, the pedigree is rarely reviewed in purely Bedouin terms - from the tail female (via their strain name) through to the present day individual, only acknowledging that the individual sires per generation are asil.
Diane, I had hoped that you understood me better. When I speak of racing I also speak of endurance, and there is where the talents come in you mention.
What you neglected to state is how you determine, or anybody, what attributes breeders brought along by chosing mating. When I see breeders in a pedigree who I know bought the horse for investment, does not know from which end it eats, and breed as to what is good on the dinner table that day.ISometimes you have various such people the breeders. Right there and then I AWAKE, AND UNLESS I saw the horse in the flesh, have to consider ignorance and/or greed. When I see known knowledgeable breeders in it, I m trying to figure out how they concluded to breed this way and in most all cases understand. Evidence further is when such breeding is repeated, obviously the breeder being very satisfied with the results..
this is ardent research and only gives a guideline. The clue comes when we such such horse in the flesh and note what it has done.
If I were that wrong in my evaluating a pedigree, hundreds of SEs would not stand on baby hoofs, have no rearend of power, tiple toe through the tulips due to short strides, etc.etc. run out of breath because of lack of girth, and on and on.No horse is perfect, but what was imported in the past from Babson to 1972 or so, were excellent individuals most of which I know in the flesh as some of their ancestors,. what did not muster was treated accordingly.
Just my opinion through my experiences.