Horse Breeding

 

Horse Breeding

Nature has been doing it for a long time.

 
Lusitano-BreedingWhat is breeding?   Nature has been selectively breeding animals since the beginning of time.   It started with the first creature that emerged from the water and learned how to breathe.   Breeding continues today.   Nature’s selection was made through healthy horses that had the ability to ability to attract a healthy mates.   Our selection is made through selecting horses with the specific traits or characteristics that we want the next generation to keep and improve.   In the wild only the strongest newborn survive.   If a baby zebra or antelope cannot reach his mother’s milk within one hour of being born, it will die.   This is Nature’s way.   Only the strong survive.
.
.
.

Lusitano-BreedingThe wolf was the first animal that man domesticated.   As the world climate started to change and the luscious jungles and forests gave way to the grasslands at the beginning of the Ice Age, two different species that would eventually come together and bond were emerging.   In North America, a fox-like creature adapted, multiplied and evolved to become the wolf.   In Eastern Africa a group of primates separated from his tree environment to become the men we are today.   One day as both species walked across the ice in search of food or better shelter, they came together.   They have been together as long we know.
.
.
.

Lusitano-BreedingWe are not sure how selective breeding started.   Scientists speculate that the wolves stayed close to the human camps where they could get food easily instead of following the herds to try to kill something.   With time both got used to each other’s company.   It is possible that one day a man found a couple of young dogs alone with their mother.   He may have taken them into camp so they wouldn’t die.   He may have feed them with the intent to eat them.   When they grew up, the bond started.   Another theory says that since they were always close, they would bark and attack any other animal that approached the camp to protect their food source.   So the humans decided to capture some of them to serve them as an alarm system.
.
.
.

Lusitano-BreedingWhichever the original reason was, they started to live together.   Whether it was by chance or by deduction, man realized marked differences existed between the dogs that lived with him.   Some were faster,   Others stronger.   Some others barked louder than the rest of the group.   So he decided to eat or discard the dogs that did not help him make everyday life easier.   The chosen dogs, male and female started to reproduce and with time, all his animals were similar in size and color and shared other characteristics that he liked about them.

Of course, he had no idea about what he was really doing.   There was no scientific or technical information or guidance for him to accomplish what he wanted.   But Nature, and man’s curiosity and ever-growing brain had started breeding animals for specific purposes.
.
.
.
 

One thought on “Horse Breeding”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *