Originally Posted by Eolith
One of the things I've noticed about several QHs is that they've got these gorgeous solid bodies... but on spindly legs and teacup hooves. It just looks "off" to me. What lines tend to have more substance to the legs/feet? Are there certain disciplines that downplay or emphasize solid legs and feet?
Now that has to do with some of the bloodlines.......such as a lot of Halter bred/show horses have these big 16hh+ draft bodies on toothpick legs and triple ott feet. But if you look at roping, barrel, cutting, reining horses you see they have a lot more bone. I don't know why but it seems the halter world (I know not all) seem to like this big hideous beefed up horses on thin legs and small feet. We only have a few horses on our place that are a double ott.....the rest are in 1s or Otts and have BONE when we look at a horse to buy as a prospect or a broodie we look at bone, if they don't have bone or have small feet we run away.
So like I said it has a lot to do with certain breeding.....and if a horse has a lot of run (more of a TB build running body) you will get he thin legs and little feet. But if you go down South to the big time QH races those horses are built like brick houses and solid with great bone and feet.
So just depends on the individual horse....just like people some have bigger bone structure then others and is in every breed, not just QHs.