I don't think they're worried about 12Z catching a human virus....But there was (a while back) a very serious equine condition that transfered itself via air or contact. Even touching an infected horse then touching a non-infected horse could spread it. Viruses like that can be deadly.
I saw something online that discussed, who would be a good cross for Zenny and they did some nicking and gave a list of which horses, they thought, came out best for her. It's interesting to see if any of these horses will be picked. A++ is the best and F is the worst.Roberta, this is great information, and it is fun to speculate who will be Z's next "date"! Just a word of caution on Nicks (and I'm sure you know this, but others might not): It is JUST A PLACE TO START. There is much more to mating the right mare and stallion to each other. Bottom line, though, it is not an exact science, and there is as much art as there is science involved. I've been told you can spend a lifetime studying pedigrees and still there is much that remains a mystery of what works and what doesn't. Thank goodness we have Team Z who really care about the horse that will be produced and want him/her to be healthy and sound.
I don't think they're worried about 12Z catching a human virus....But there was (a while back) a very serious equine condition that transfered itself via air or contact. Even touching an infected horse then touching a non-infected horse could spread it. Viruses like that can be deadly.ZNotLast1- you're talking about EHV-1 I'm thinking? It is contagious, airborne for about 30 feet, also through direct contact. There were confirmed cases in San Juan Capistrano and Indio in January and February of the neurologic strain. More recently, cases of non-pathogenic neurological strain in San Diego county and Monterey county. The most important thing to remember is it's a reportable disease, so if someone's horse has it, the facility they are in is locked down into quarantine, no one in or out, unless medical emergency (like colic surgery) If anyone is interested, I'll post the California site URL that will take you directly to the page and you can keep up with the info. (And amaze your friends who are trying to tell you that a friend of a friend of a friend's horse had it, and now it's all over the town, you can check the site and refute them- yeah, we got a lot of those calls)
Does anyone know if Lane's End allows visitors? This is on my bucket list!! Thanks!
Oh darn...that's who I want to see Zenyatta...is that because she is a new mom?
We took a trip to Kentucky several years ago and toured several farms to see stallions. Lane's End was spectacular. Charismatic was still there. Pleasant Tap, Dixieland Band and Dixie Union were still alive. Loved it! Especially A.P. who begged me for a mint, but we weren't allowed to feed him. They said he got fat on air and his diet had to be carefully monitored.
Okay, I'm going to expose my ignorance. What is a "nick"?
Thanks JB, this sort of helps. It's obviously very technical and complicated. No "back yard breeding" in the horse business for serious breeders, that's for sure.