Mohamed Jaidah has established Al Jood Stud with a philosophy that embraces the inclusion of a variety of unique strains within each pedigree, rather than strict line-breeding, or excessive use of a few famous stallions. With a wide selection of mares from Ali Jamaal, Padrons Psyche, and Magnum Psyche bloodlines, Jaidah is careful to avoid breeding like to like: Jamaal to Jamaal, or Psyche to Psyche. While recognising that studying individual strains to understand the qualities they bring to the final product is an essential piece of the puzzle as a breeder, most of the Al Jood horses have a diverse collection of great individuals throughout their pedigrees. Jaidah has stated that his biggest successes have been when the sire and dam have very little in common within the early generations, finding that with open pedigrees he got horses which were more beautiful and more refined.
Aside from the science of genetics and the value of studying bloodlines, Jaidah is quick to acknowledge the importance of the intangible in breeding. In his words, “It is more than science, it is at least 50% a combination of inspiration and luck. It is more like creating a work of art, you mix knowledge, talent, and inspiration in your best effort and work hard at it, hoping that others may admire what you have managed to achieve.”
Through the scrutiny of individual programs and observations of the trends within the Arabian breed as a whole, Jaidah concluded that too many people have followed the principle of breeding only along a few proven lines, creating what he calls “very tight and interbred” pedigrees. He believes that a lot of potential for further improvement of the breed is jeopardised by these exclusionary practices. Instead, he values the inclusion of rare or currently less-used bloodlines to add their unique phenotype and potential for motion back into the modern mix.
Jaidah cites globalisation and new technology in breeding services, such as freezing and shipping embryos and semen, as factors that have allowed a few exceptional horses to monopolize current pedigrees, giving their reproductive traits a heavier weight in the breed across the board. With stallions more accessible and mares able to conceive through artificial insemination with shipped semen, the historical restrictors of geography are no longer daunting. When coupled with the “need to win” attitude of many breeders, the gene pool is heavily compromised through overuse of those exceptional horses who breed true to form. Mohamed Jaidah believes that increased innovative thought and a more prudent use of modern advances is a responsibility that more Arabian horse breeders should share.
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