Originally Posted by BarrelRacer86
All you have to do is breed the biggest mares to the biggest stallions. People want tall horses mainly for barrel racing..... other western events seem to still have the shorter QHs
Oh I understand the concepts of the breeding, I've just always thought of QH's as ranging from about 13.3hh to maybe 16hh. So the question is where did these huge QH's come from that they got to reach 17hh. If you take even the tallest QH's at 16hh and 16hh how do you get 17hh. I guess somewhere they got luck and got 16.2hh out of two 16hh horses, and bred that 16.2hh horse to another lucky 16.2hh horse, and it kept going up. I've seen the tall QH's but I've always thought them to have TB in them because an appendix QH can be registered AQHA. And then you breed the appendix to another TB, and now they're 75% TB and 25% QH and you can still register them AQHA, and you can continue down the line to 99% TB and still be registered AQHA.
Also, though, people are wanting taller horses for barrels? I don't get that. The most successful barrel racing horses from what I've seen are short and stocky. A tall horse has a longer stride, but in those short distances a short stocky QH will take a TB anyday because of their off-the-line speed. Also, the shorter QH's can get down lower (turn and burn) and spin around that barrel where as a taller horse just isn't meant for that. They end up to top heavy IMO.