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post #11 of 32 Old 12-16-2011, 11:12 AM
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Love story - the horses in the OP are AQHA halter horses...
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First horse - Welcome to Carri Jones Halter Horses!

Second horse - Scheckel Paint & Quarter Horses

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If that's the look you want, then everyone is right, start with the right deformed, over muscled horse, then check out

hpw to build muscle on a halter horse???
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They kind of look like hornless Rhino's...
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post #15 of 32 Old 12-16-2011, 11:45 AM
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They kind of look like hornless Rhino's...
Their skins fit better though
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I would think that you'd be risking a horses health by working them to the point that their muscles look that unnatural.
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Just to explain since I think I understand what this poster was trying to say: I think he/she was saying that if the OP were to go the exercise route (which we know isn't an option because the muscling comes from HYPP, but perhaps Lins didn't know that when she posted her reply), the OP would have to exercise the horse so much and for so long that exercise would cease to be healthy for the horse (because of how exhausted the horse eventually get).

That's just what I got and it made sense to me. I did have to reread a few times but a plausible explanation came out.

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Is a horse having HYPP attacks a health consideration your willing to have? Just curious.

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post #18 of 32 Old 12-16-2011, 12:14 PM
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For whoever asked, HYPP is a genetic disease. Here's a thread with some videos of horses having attacks: Picking a HUS AQHA stud to breed with an HYPP N/H mare
It also has information about how it can add to the heavy (but faux) muscle look. There are dietaryw ways to manage it, but they are far from foolproof and it is not infrequently fatal, with horses literally suffocating to death.

The only way to achieve the look of the horses in the OP is to buy a halter-bred horse, feed them until they are steer-fat and ready to butcher, keep them in a stall, and give them very little exercise. Halter trainers also frequently have their farriers trim the hooves down to a miniscule size to increase the appearance of the horse's bulk. Needless to say, with 1500 lb bodies on toothpick legs, these horses waddle very unsoundly a live pretty short lives, frequently dying of founder, or colic from their stressful, unnatural lives. And they have severe limb problems.

Look at the crippled, malformed legs on this world champion:

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PLEASE, STOP THE QUARREL! Keep this a friendly place, as it otherwise seems to be. Thank you, people

First of all, I want to emphasize that I don't need the horse to do anything other than just "look pretty". That such level of musculature will hinder the horse from any kind of work including maybe riding - that is something I simply don't mind.

I know exercise is not enough (and I don't want the horse to be working so hard it would be dangerous to him), so I ask for help with other ways that will contribute to the process of building such muscles. (And if someone might think I might not be serious with such goal: I assure you, I am very serious about it. )

I'm not focused only on halter horses and draft horses might be OK, but are there any that would look the way I want to achieve?

Concerning genetics, I don't like the idea of horse with HYPP and I think I would consider this possibility only if there was no other choice to achieve such musculature. But, when we talk about genetics, I wonder: genes regulate proteosynthesis and thus, they provide instructions how to build the body. SO ... what about manipulation of proteosynthesis? This should have similar results as different genetic background. I mean: what about food supplements that regulates production of proteins? Or medication - especially steroids? What about finding a way to reduce production or block myostatin (less myostatin, more muscles - look at famous belgian blue cattel)? As I said, I'm ready to consider anything, so I'm not much against such things as steroids.

Golden_horse >> Well, looking for a foal, how to find the "right deformed, over muscled" one? What features to look for to be sure the horse will one day end with the desired body form?

PS: Considering some recent posts, wouldn't feeding with no exercise cause only obesity, but absolutely not the muscularity I'm looking for? Because this way seems somehow strange to me.
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First of all, I want to emphasize that I don't need the horse to do anything other than just "look pretty".
I'm very down hearted that you would want a horse to suffer... just to look pretty.
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