Originally Posted by trailhorserider
I love that they are large boned and large footed. I wish most of the horses around here were built that well. I don't know why we (Americans) like to breed large bodied horses with tiny bones and feet.
Those horses aren't very elegant, but they look very sturdy! That's a good quality in a horse you want to be sound and usable for 30 years.
I think they're more elegant than my photos make them look
, although it's true that they've got the stocky/solid body type rather than the svelte/thoroughbred type.
But they're definitely good sturdy animals, with nice bone and low knees/hocks. I also like that they take it easy in their training - they are saddled-up for the first time at four, then their buzkashi training starts at five, and they don't play competitively until they're rising seven. Of course, horses that aren't playing get broken earlier than that, and even successful horses are sold on later when they're too old to play : they normally become cart horses and I'm afraid they work till the end. I think I have some photos of the cart horses somewhere...