Ya'll, this argument could go on for ages. The AQHA Convention is March 8-11 in Houston if you want to be a part of the open forum on halter horses.
But, give me a break with this. Let people who do halter, do halter. If you don't want a horse that looks like that, than don't breed one, and don't buy one. If you want to make a difference in the halter world, go find a horse that floats your conformational boat, fit it yourself, show it, and hope it catches on.
Ok I'll bite. I don't like the way that many pure bred dogs are bred, as in, deeply inbred with traits that are extreme enough to cause genetic disorder and shortened life.
I'm not going to buy one of those dogs, backyard breeder or otherwise. But to turn my head and pretend it doesn't make me sick?
To not try to educate people to make better choices?
THAT I can't do. I do believe that we, by taking responsibility for the evolution of the animal and it's general morphology, are also responsible for the PAIN AND SUFFERING WE INFLICT.
And I know I'm in the minority of the general population. How many people does it even matter to that certain dogs almost consistently need a C-section to give birth, or any other number of ills that has befallen them? They just want a qyooot widdle bulldog puppy!!!! And look, Joe Schmoe is selling them on craigslist for half of what you can get at the (reputable) breeder!
I honestly think that some people don't really link our breeding choices to the eventual suffering of the animal. They just don't think about it. And if I can say something and decrease the DEMAND for those types of animal (no specifics intended), then I helped.