Breeding Saddle Horses on Lines for Improvement and Development

I. B. Nall
1908 Journal of Heredity  
72 COMMITTEE ON BREEDING FISH. ' to find identical conditions with respect to oxygen and other dissolved gases. Moreover the temperature limits in which fish, especially the Salmonidae, can survive are much narrower than with terrestrial animals; the variation in temperature for successful work is still more limited when considering rapid growth and reproduction. Therefore, when this breeding project has produced certain desired results at a given station or in certain waters, the adoption of
more » ... , the adoption of the same procedure at other places will not necessarily produce the same results. Nevertheless the results of breeding experiments should tend to establish general principles which may guide the commercial trout raiser in improving his stock with the view to increasing its market value. Unfortunately the Committee knows of no establishment, public or private, where such experiments can be brought to a conclusion unless the legitimate work for which such stations were established is practically abandoned. It is estimated that an experiment station suitable for the execution of this breeding project would cost $50,000, exclusive of the cost of land and water rights. With the steady increase in the population of this country and the gradual but inevitable decrease in its fisheries resources, fish culture and fish breeding as a private enterprise will increase in importance and the need of an experiment station will become more and more apparent. The caption at once leads me to the meat of the subject, as it suggests the question, what is to be improved and what to be developed? If we compare the splendid saddle horse of the present time with the beasts of burden known as such a century ago we have an idea of the possibilities of improvement. If we compare the bold way the present day saddle horse has of going with the low carriage and slow pace of his progenitor of early times, we get an idea of what has been done by development of his gaits. PRESENT DEMANDS. It is by improvement and development that breeders of intelligence are raising the standard of this horse to meet the demands of buyers. That demand, let it be said, has progressed quite as rapidly as has the process of improvement. Indeed at one time it looked as if the requirements for-a saddle horse in the best market in the country had run quite away from the breeders in the sections of the at
doi:10.1093/jhered/os-4.1.72 fatcat:2ra3fsku45h6radcepb375qkti