Originally Posted by Evansk
This is a 2011 Filly and she's looks HUGE O_O; Is it natural for them to be that muscular ? Its almost scary
That could be caused by HYPP. I believe it causes muscle spasms that tend to make the horse bulk up (if what I've read about it online is true lol). In addition to certain feeding and hot walking practices of course.
My main problem with stock horse halter, is that all functionality has basically been bred out of it. I'm not saying it's impossible to take a halter bred horse and turn it into a performance horse (my friend's got a halter bred mare he shows in western pleasure). But I think the fact that AQHA had to make a separate Performance Halter division speaks volumes to how near impossible it is to be competitive in both at the same time.
What ever happened to form following function? Don't get me wrong, I like chunky horses, but when you take it so far that they can't do much more than stand there, I think you've missed the point.
We watched a couple halter classes at the QH Congress this past fall. The filly who one the weanling class could barely walk.