I've been looking for another horse as a companion for my new appaloosa, and as a drill team horse. I found one really halter-bred quarter horse. He's N/N and a gelding. He's not fat just extremely muscled. However, he's perfect for what I'm looking for. I've heard these horses are very thick, and difficult to ride. Is this true? Share your opinions, please.
By what I've seen, they are not more thick, than the average draft horse and plenty of people find them wonderful riding horses. Unlike the average draft, which has a huge body and the bone and feet to support it, most halter-bred QHs, have small bone and feet which just cannot support all the bulk and weight.
My daughter rides a halter bred paint. He is very smooth and nice. Of course, we don't keep him fitted for halter. Cheveyo is also n/n and has a great personality as well as looks :) Good luck with your decision and if you get him, can't wait to see pictures!
A lot of the high placing halter bred stallions have huge hips that are considerably higher than the withers which causes a saddle to jam the shoulder blades. That is not what you want in a gelding unless you want strictly halter material.
Look at the horse as himself. Does he have too tiny of feet/leg mass to support his body? If so then yes, he will break down easily. Pictures would be helpful.
While I do not like to make blanket statements and have seen some nicely put together halter-bred horses, as a GENERAL rule, I avoid them.
^It depends on his conformation. The halter horses bred to compete solely in halter classes carry conformation characteristics, such as long in the loin, high hocked, posted legged, very straight upfront in the pasterns and shoulder. These conformation traits lead to a very rough riding horse.
In all honesty, if that is what you are looking to do with the horse I would look elsewhere than a halter bred horse. Can halter bred horses do it? Probably, but considering what conformational train wrecks they are in this day and age I wouldn't even think of looking at a halter bred horse for anything other than halter.