Originally Posted by smaile
I know exactly nothing about Quarter Horses, so maybe this question may seem dumb, but how the hell can you get THAT much muscle on a horse that can`t be ridden.??? Even Grand Prix showjumpers does not have that much muscles on them.
Sorry if this will offend some of you, but horses in these pictures - huge, unnatural muscles, tiny, tiny legs - looks scary.
1. Genetics, number one. The difference between The Rock and Lance Armstrong.
2. Fitting. Fitting a halter horse builds different muscle groups than a riding horse, and often times when a halter horse is brought into riding they are slimmed down because they are not fit in the same way. Halter horses are fit only building the large muscle groups - particularly by long trotting in deep sand. Too much loping or agile activity actually decreases the size of large muscle groups. The idea of "bulking up" versus "getting fit". Like a body builder trains different muscle groups than a marathon runner.