Greig Tonks of Scotland takes a high ball under pressure during the RB...
Greig Tonks of Scotland takes a high ball under pressure during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on March 2015 in London, England.
by Maressa Taylor Levy / Matters he time has come — you’ve waited 11 long months to meet your foal. Your mare labors normally and has an uncomplicated birth, but something isn’t right. Your newly born foal’s tiny pasterns are like jelly, unable to support his weight, and his skin tears at the touch. Hopeless, he’ll need to be euthanized a few hours after birth. When the results of the genetic testing come back, you learn that he was born with Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome, or WFFS. This dreaded syndrome was discovered 12 years ago but has only been on many breeders' radars since last year after a case of a live foal born with WFFS was widely publicized. Major studs have begun systematically testing for carriers and awareness groups have formed on social media. Prominent stallion owner Paul Schockemöhle, on the other hand, has insisted that cases are exceedingly rare (so much so, that he will pay 10,000 euros to any client who can prove their foal died of WFFS). At a simplified level, WFFS is a fatal genetic defect of connective tissue. Disease markers include thin, fragile skin that tears easily and hyperextensible joints. An estimated 6-11% of warmblood horses are carriers of the gene, but WFFS appears to be a recessive mutation, meaning that for a foal to have WFFS, both the sire and dam must carry the recessive gene that causes the defect.
Owen Farrell Photos - George Ford (L) and Owen Farrell of England celebrate after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. - Australia v England
Chris Robshaw Photos Photos - Chris Robshaw of England wins a lineout ball from Bradley Davies of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 2016 in London, England. - England v Wales - RBS Six Nations
American Football: fragile Yank footballers with all-over padding and enormous helmets wouldn't last five minutes in rugby; they'd be terrified they might get a scratch on their pretty faces ~ Rugby is a proper man's sport .