I want to do something a little different today. A while back I (apparently – I totally forgot. Who knew? Thank Gawd for notes!) made a note (see? Notes. They’ll keep ya on track!) to look into overly dishy faces on Arabians. I forgot about it for a while and then when looking through my notes for topic ideas, I found it again. My thinking is that an Arabian with an excessively dished face could experience problems breathing. As in, the face is so dished, it negatively impacts the space of the nasal cavity – therefore, during exertion, the Arabian is less able to take in sufficient oxygen.
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In my google travels, it was also suggested that an overly dished face may cause a “teacup” muzzle, possibly resulting in a narrow lower jaw and thus malocclusion. Malocclusion, of course, being when the teeth don’t line up properly. Most of the time this can be corrected with proper dental work by a trained professional.
Unfortunately I have yet to find any sort of article to back either of these theories up; however, I do believe it would still make a relevant discussion. Hopefully we have some Arab people here who will weigh in!
Is selectively breeding for an extremely dished face detrimental to the breed as a whole?, and the horses individually? What are your experiences and opinions?