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post #41 of 200 Old 07-28-2011, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Hukassa View Post
What is even sadder to me than people thinking this looks good and breeding for this look is how because they breed their bodies so big and their feet so small just standing around can give them such horrible foot problems. We use to board with a lady who owned a nationally known halter horse, never been ridden a day in her life, never had any bad injuries but just her weight on such small feet caused laminitis. Goodness and I always thought she was prettier out of condition.
I've seen stuff like that too. When I first bought Cinny I had him boarded on personal property where I was planning on leasing an 8 year old paint. The horse was a Grand Champion at lunge line, halter, yadda yadda yadda...... was built like that Yello Fella horse. The lady had never actually ridden her herself. Well, turns out the horse was virtually unrideable. Not only was she the roughest ride I have ever been on in my life but she was always lame, sore and could barely move for 3 days after every ride. I stopped riding her after 3 rides because I felt sorry for the poor girl.
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post #42 of 200 Old 07-28-2011, 04:01 PM
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I keep looking at the photos of the chestnut that Allison posted above and wondering how that horse moves around comfortably. Eeek.

That horse is a perfect example of the 'if a little is good more is better' theory going way wrong.
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The chestnut must bet he one I can't see. Getting mad now!

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post #44 of 200 Old 07-28-2011, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by goneriding View Post
A functional horse is a beautiful horse.

I agree, and IMO judging an animal based on appearance alone inevitably leads to problems. It enables breeders to select for traits that aren't practical or even healthy. Dogs are being ruined because of this.
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post #45 of 200 Old 07-28-2011, 06:34 PM
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Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
I agree, and IMO judging an animal based on appearance alone inevitably leads to problems. It enables breeders to select for traits that aren't practical or even healthy. Dogs are being ruined because of this.
Oh yes.... lets breed our retrievers to be pretty..... gee now almost all the retrievers end up with hip displasia, whoops!
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post #46 of 200 Old 07-28-2011, 06:44 PM
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Well I agree with pretty much everything that has been said so far. The first time I saw a quarter horse it was a halter horse and I thought they all looked like that it was kind of gross. I officially didn't like quarter horses until I met my friends mare who is very functional and has a great conformation she is a perfect example of a good quarter horse.

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I see more steep pasterns too......Ugh
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Whomever said functional is beautiful is right!

That is one of the reasons I am always defending grade horses. Sure, some of them are fuglies. But until breeders of purebred horses can get their acts together and quit producing fuglies themselves, give me a good, sound, usable grade any day!

I love my little 14.3 Mustang who is built like a tank AND has good bones and feet.

If I could change one thing about the Quarter Horse, it would be to give them larger bones and feet. It just doesn't seem right to have a big heavy horse with tiny feet and skinny legs. That is not attractive to me!

I love stocky, tanky horses. Cobs. Draft crosses. Drafty Mustangs. Warmbloods. I say hubba hubba to a big pretty horse. So I should love Quarter Horses. But the feet and legs on some of them scare me a lot!

My best friend has some awesome, usable Quarter Horses though! Driftwood bloodlines. She used them for trail riding and they are trail horses deluxe.

I am afraid halter Quarter Horses remind me of the super cows:

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post #49 of 200 Old 07-29-2011, 01:12 AM
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the photos of the "super-horses" posted here are disturbing...and if starving a horse to death constitutes abuse, then this should too because the result is a constantly lame, miserable animal that spends its life in pain.

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Many of them don't live all that long.

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