Originally Posted by Elana
An open shoulder is usually coupled with a higher head set.. and a cow can get under the neck (more easily). A flat croup interferes with curling the hind end under the horse to make a fast turn or a fast get away. There is less power in starts, stops and turns in a flatter croup.
The Quarterhorse has changed.. becoming more refined and many have NO "cow." The halter Quarterhorse has developed into an animal that has too little bone, too small feet, too large a body and is bow legged behind (and often camped under). These are faults.. not something to breed for!!!
The Morgan has gone through a similar transition becoming a smaller version of the American Saddlebred (open shoulder, arched neck, high head carriage, flat croup)..
thank you for your insite into croup and shoulder angle. I did like what you said about the morgans I am so glad that they caught a saddlebred in the breed some time back, not because I want anyone kicked out of the breed but to show that to win you needed that look. After crowning a half saddle bred world champion it changed the way the judges judge or atleast for now it did.
I do have to disagree with the origins of the quarter horse breed.
I think most people put the cart before the horse. I know when you read of the breed origins you feel they started a breed and in a couple short years it just blossomed. What I have found is that in 1930 the horse population was 13,510,839 and the number of registered horses was 67,378 with over 33,000 being Percherons. Now if that doesn't give someone an idea when only half a percent of horses in the us were registered to start a registry I don't know what would? I am not trying to pick on the Quarter horse. I don't think it really matters how the breed started or what bloodlines were involved. I believe there was a real void and I am glad it was filled in the 40's. That is what makes America great, supply and demand, the supply was there. I remember talking to my grandpa, before he passed away, who owned a ranch 20 miles north of North Platte Nebraska about when the registry came through in the late 40's early 50's and wanted him to register his horses. He told them no way he was paying $.25 per horse for a piece of paper. They said he could register everything but his drafts. So technically he never owned any quarter horses but he did breed to papered stallions once in a while. I hope you don't take this the wrong way this is what I have found about the origins. It's not that I haven't ridden or researched different horse breeds I just wanted to know why certain conformational traits are desirable for certain individuals. I like numbers and I like history but I find with history you have to be careful because all history is someones viewpoint. And everyone has an opinion.
I will leave "cow" alone and my feeling about cow horses coming west for only my close personal friends.