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      30 Jan

    Hiba is sadly been loaned to a friend since I lost my job last year. Hoping the day will come when I can see him regularly again. I know he's enjoying real pasture for the first time though.

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Shrinking Gene Pool

I've kept this short, as I could go on to ad nauseam.

I've been thinking about this topic for several days. There certainly have been more than a few comments about our "shrinking gene pool" and the need for outcross stallions. The reality is that there are good quality outcross stallions that are valuable additions to the gene pool.

I'm not looking for this thread to be a self promotion exploit of "my outcross stallion", but instead a discussion on the current use of those outcrosses. Furthermore, I don't want to divert this discussion into a debate about the value in adding more lines to the high production stallions. (for the list of the high production stallions go to

http://www.arabdatas...isplay.asp?id=3. I'm looking at the first 10 for this discussion.

My definition is very specific as to what an "outcross" is. If the pedigree contains a high production stallion, I prefer it be through a daughter and not see multiple lines in the first 4-5 generations to the same stallion(s).

Please share your thoughts on the following:

What's your definition of outcross?

Will you breed to an outcross? If so, feel free to include name and pedigree.

Or, why do you choose to not use an outcross? If so, feel free to include name and pedigree.

I will have more to add to the topic once the discussion gets underway.



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