The Racing Post.com recently asked its readers the question: Q: Should the ban on artificial insemination in thoroughbred breeding be abolished?
By and large, the responses were opposed to artificial insemination:
In May, a Blood-Horse blog The Five-Cross Files by Scot Gillies also addressed this issue:
It’s been a long-standing tradition that the British and American Jockey clubs will not register a horse that has been produced from artificial insemination.
I personally think that tradition is a good idea. Artificial insemination, in my opinion, would not improve the breed.
The great Italian Breeder and trainer Federico Tesio also was not in favor of artificial insemination.
In twenty years of study on this subject, Tesio noted in his book written in 1947 Puro-Sangue – Animale Da Esperimento (The Pure Blood – An Animal of Experimentation) that there had never been a Thoroughbred produced from artificial insemination to win a classic or semi-classic race anywhere in the world. His book has since been translated and published in 2005 by the Russell Meerdink Company, Ltd. as Tesio: In His Own Words.
As Science continues to make advances in genetics this most likely will continue to be an ongoing debate.
What do you think?