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post #1 of 28 Old 07-28-2009, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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big quarter horses...how do they do it???

how do quarter horses get so big?i have a neighbor who has halter horses and he's got one stallion whos REALLY big!!!hes huge!thats the problem with him because he misbehaves really badly and since he's so huge he doesnt ever get out of the stall because he could easily get through the fence and attck the other studs there,he claims he doesnt use any thing to get him that big,my question is how do they get that big?if their big does that mean their fast?this horse has some serious muscles!how do you get them that big?if he was a gelding I would love to ride him!!!the bad news is he's really aggressive under saddle so that mightnot be a reall good idea to do,im going to miss him because the owners sellingh all his halter horses to get cutting horses and he's priced this big boy at 10 grand!a little outta my price range!i don't know his reg. Name but his barn name is touch.

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post #2 of 28 Old 07-28-2009, 04:37 PM
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I don't like halter big. I do like foundation big though.
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post #3 of 28 Old 07-28-2009, 04:39 PM
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It's how they are bred. Just like some people get big bulky muscles and others get stringy lean muscle. BIg muscled horses are bred to big muscled horses.... making big muscled horses.
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post #4 of 28 Old 07-28-2009, 04:48 PM
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^^ Yep, uh-huh. LOL. I don't particularly care for the humongous muscles on horses either. I like strong and stocky that still has the capability to be smooth, limber, and quick. All those muscles don't really make them stronger so IMHO, I don't really see the point. I think they are ugly when they are that big.

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post #5 of 28 Old 07-28-2009, 05:01 PM
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I agree smrobs. Those horses are not fast either alot of them have to much muscle and they can't go fast at all. I think alot of them are ugly, to much muscle can be a bad thing. I like the foundation look, ther big, muscly but have bone and hooves to go with it. And they can go fast, I know of a lot of foundation bred barrel horses.

quarter horses.....simply the best
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post #7 of 28 Old 07-28-2009, 05:07 PM
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I have a huge Quarter Horse, Zippo bred. People ask me if he is a draft cross or a stallion he has huge muscles huge jaw and a big backend. He is not super fast and agile. His canter is like a big drafts. He is a sweetheart though and fearless. Nothing makes him spook he knows he is big and nothing really bothers him!
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post #8 of 28 Old 07-29-2009, 10:17 PM
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Some heavily muscled horses are VERY fast-- but for short distances-- more muscle mass can mean a successful quick start/sprinter--- just like humans who race 100m vs. humans that race 3200m-- both considered "fast" but totally different build and mass and distance involved.

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post #9 of 28 Old 07-29-2009, 10:23 PM
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Some Quarter Horse halter horses may also appear to have more muscle mass due to the fact the HYPP helps them appear more "cut".

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post #10 of 28 Old 07-30-2009, 10:04 AM
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Yup the HYPP thingy is a bigy. If you look a lot of famous halter sires are HYPP N/H (they are the really big ones like Kids Classic Style etc.). I even once came across a stallion that was HYPP H/H???(is that even legal to breed a sire like that)
So the general idea is you breed the biggest with each other resulting in even bigger offspring.

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