I agree, but sadly, we humans like to change things and fads come and go. Forty years ago, very few purchased draft breeds to ride. Now it is very common. In some
ways, this is a good thing, since many draft breeds might have died out, after they were no longer needed as much, for work. There again, I still prefer horses to look like they are supposed to look. Consider this lovely Shire of long ago.
I think we'd be hard pressed to find one like him today. These days, Shires, Clydes and others, are much more leggy and usually, finer boned. I have a small collection of old Draft photos and none look like those we see today.
Regarding Great Danes. In about 1952, I showed my first Danes in the UK. They were not nearly as tall as today's Danes in the US. They were probably not more than about 34" tall, with wide bodies and huge bone. Now people flock to the 38" dogs, with fine bone and slender bodies. Many just look like Greyhounds with a large head to me. Bigger (taller) is not necessarily a good thing, considering all the accompanying problems now found in the breed. This I think, is also found more in the US than in most European countries. If I were seeking a Dane today, I doubt I would purchase in the US.