There's many things I blame showing on but the current size of TWH isn't one of them, that's the fault of baby boomers! Boomers are wanting smaller horses to climb up on and they are rather large force in todays market. I've talked to quite a few breeders that say they have a heck of a time selling anything over 15.2 and forget selling ones over 16. So they breed for shorter walkers instead of the monsters.
I don't care if they're shorter or not - but so many of the Walkers being bred now are narrow, lightly-built little things. Even a short horse can still be stout and wide.
The narrow ones just don't appeal to me on any level. They just look (to me) like they're a short trail ride away from breaking down.
"Parelli horsemanship is just like painting by the numbers. You need absolutely no skill. You just put this color here and this color there, and when you're done, you have ... a mess no one wants." mp