We recently wrote a post
ranting about calmly discussing people breeding HYPP positive horses. We featured a sales ad for Mr. Classic Cool, a AQHA stallion with a lot of junk in his trunk. “Mister” was sired by HYPP positive Kids Classic Style and had no mention of his HYPP status anywhere in the ad or the owner’s website. We kinda felt safe assuming he was N/H.
Well, you know what they say happens when you assume – someone who’s perhaps a little less tired than you digs a little deeper and finds a source to prove you wrong!
This hyper-diligent individual actually provided (indirectly) a link to a really awesome website, Bringing Light to Hypp. On the website, there are lists of tested AQHA, APHA and Appaloosa horses with their status, plus the known status of their dams and sires. For a moment we were really hopeful! We thought perhaps the reason they hadn’t mentioned his negative HYPP status was because it was assumed that a breeding stallion wouldn’t be HYPP positive. Ahhh… that dangerous word again! After a quick look through the lists, it became pretty apparent that the reason they didn’t mention his status was because they figured it didn’t really matter. People seem to keep breeding to the HYPP positive stallions as much as to the HYPP negative stallions, regardless of the potential long term consequences of this disease.
Look at this charming fellow! He’s a half brother to the palomino wonder in the other post and he is most definitely N/H. He was also just born this year and they’re advertising him as a stud prospect. They claim “the older he gets the better he gets”, but we’re pretty sure no amount of time nor training is going to rid him of a hereditary genetic defect! (Or those godawful pasterns, but that’s another story.)
This one‘s even more special. Not only does he have the same N/H sire as the other two, but his dam was N/H too! That’s right, the asshats who bred him weren’t content with a 50/50 chance of him ending up with a genetic defect; they wanted to up the odds! And in the process wound up with a 25% chance that he would be unregistrable, with a far more severe version of the disease. But hey, they got lucky and instead produced a horse that can pass this easily eradicable disease on to many other little fully registrable AQHA babies. Yay! Way to go geniuses!
So if you really want a horse that vaguely resembles a yellow hippopotamus, Mr Classic Cool would not actually be an irresponsible choice. But we still think that the people who bred him were asshats for taking the chance.