Seems to me that cloning horses is gaining traction and credibility. This article in Outside mentions a couple of successful polo pony clones. I didn't realize cloned horses would be allowed to compete in the 2016 Olympics. And a federal judge ruled earlier this year that the AQHA can't refuse to register cloned horses -- no doubt good news for the Waggoner Ranch with their cloned foal of High Brow Cat. Who knows what will happen on appeal, but I can't help but wonder what this might mean for the horse industry at large and specifically Peruvians?
There was a stay granted and the AQHA is not required to register clones and their offspring pending outcome of the appeal. Any horse breed association should be allowed to have the membership determine it's rules. For one person or ranch to be able to rewrite those rules for their own gain is not right. The courts are out of control in such rulings. We all should hope this ruling is overturned on appeal and cloning acceptance left up to the associations.
Personally, cloning horses is an just wrong. It is a rich person's game of feeding their pocket book and ego to reproduce a quality horse they are unable to reproduce by skilled breeding.
Your last sentence really sums it up nicely, Sharon. I really don't know enough about the longterm effects on the gene pool or the market. But it's a practice that seems to be gaining traction in the horse world at large, and I'm interested to see where it goes.