Our news article about cloned horses certainly caused some debate. H&C viewer Jack Turnbull got in touch to put across his views - do you agree? Comment below with your thoughts. If you have a subject you'd like to get off your chest for a guest blog post, email email@example.com and we'll publish the best
Jack writes: "Should cloned horses be allowed to compete? I think not. I don't want to see a world where I watch top level competition and all of the horses are clones.
Part of the appeal and beauty of equestrian competition is the dynamic between horse and rider, and how it evolves and changes, and how riders learn from each horse they ride. If all of the horses were cloned, then this evolution would stop. All horses would just be the same, and we would see the same partnerships over and over, which would become boring to watch for me.
Ok, the clones are only 98 per cent the same, and there's still environmental factors to consider, but when you compare that to the 50 per cent maternal/paternal genes of conventional breeding, there's a stark difference.
Also, if we lose that 48-50 per cent input from either the mare or stallion, we lose the chance to create a random, unique combination of genes that provides us with the next wonder-horse, and we just settle for what we have now. Reducing the genetic diversity by cloning for competitions would just create a stagnant, yet talented pool of horses.
An application of cloning, in my eyes, would be to keep certain bloodlines going, by cloning prized stallions or broodmares for breeding. But this should still be in the traditional way of coverings, as it will keep the possibility of creating a perfect random combination, which would produce something truly special, rather than settling for what we perceive as special in the present.
Spare a thought for breeders as well, what would happen to them? Clones could push them out of business if it goes mainstream."