I like a horse with some substance to it, you know, large bones and feet, and it seems like the purebreds are actually getting AWAY from that. In otherwords, I guess, good conformation must be subjective!
For instance, there are a lot of fine boned Quarter Horses out there, that must have tons of talent and good breeding, but they just don't look like they would hold up as trail horses. They have all this "bulk" and tiny feet and bones.
I guess what I am saying is, sometimes the mutts have that good old hybrid vigor that the purebreds do not.
I wish good conformation wasn't subjective, but it must be. Otherwise, the purebreds would be getting stronger and hardier instead of finer boned, small footed, and weaker. (I don't mean to pick on QH's, they are just the easiest example since I am in QH country). I wish people would breed for function and not what they think is "pretty."
Also, another thought I have, is that everyone seems to blame the "backyard breeder" for unwanted horses. And that may be true(?), but SOMEDAY I would love to breed a mare and have a foal. Kind of a bucket-list thing before I die. Why would someone knock me for doing that when there are so-called breeders pumping out dozens of horses a year? Dozens of horses for racing, dozens of ranch horses, dozens of PMU horses, etc. Why should only certain people be able to breed and take it so lightly?
If I ever bred a mare, I would NOT take it lightly. If you take away breeding rights from the "little guy" then only the big breeders can produce foals. That doesn't seem fair.
So I dunno, I just wish people would take the welfare of the horses they are breeding into account. Only breed horses that are sturdy and will hopefully remain sound for most of their lives, instead of breeding just for looks or performance as a 2-3 year old, not taking into account the horse will hopefully live 30 years.
And try not to breed the fuglies, definitely, if you can help it! But I guess I see the big breeders as much of a problem as the small ones. And sometimes the "mutts" are better built and will still be going strong when the purebreds come down with navicular and such.