I'm not against AI (chilled, frozen or otherwise) but not overtly for it either!
Poor Tesio, he gets flogged more than the proverbial dead horse at times. The numbers aren't there. Going by some of Tesio's suggestions
- why bother with mares - they're weaker even though most tend to be bred AND there are some fabulous performers, even in Tesio's times and more recently Black Caviar (for those who don't know her - she's not lost a race 22/22)
- why bother with greys - their win records are pathetic compared with solid coloured horses though the total numbers of all colours racing aren't there
- evidenced by Edward Spinola - Tesio didn't like the force-growing of grass, including irrigation ie Nature knows best
- evidenced by Edward Spinola - Tesio would send his young stock south in winter.
- Tesio advocated the removal of the word "instinct" from dictionaries - chapter 14
- Tesio was quite happy with the use of "sixth sense" -chapter 17
"Lies, damned lies, and statistics" GDI ...and people's preferences!
19 December 2012 there was an unsuccessful challenge to the AI rule here in Australia.
Standardbreds have been using AI for a long time. Their stats would be more pertinent to this sort of discussion re the need for and subsequent reproduction of speed via AI. Though, like many breeders these days, a singular attribute (speed, looks etc) seems to be the target.
There is an interesting perspective in this article from 2011 about AI (not to deviate away from the original post) After reading the first para, read on from "Whatever the outcome of this legal battle, what are the arguments for and against A.I.?" (about a page down)
Edited by diane, 28 January 2013 - 05:09 AM.