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post #1 of 181 Old 04-04-2014, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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beef cattle disguised as horses...

Am I alone in thinking horses built like this are not just unhealthy, but ugly??
All the grace of a... Santa Gertrudis! Be a few good steaks to be had tho!
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post #2 of 181 Old 04-04-2014, 01:31 AM
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Nope, you're not alone. Anyone who actually believes that horses are functioning beings that need to be able to move around comfortably cannot condone breeding horses that look like that.

Unfortunately, most of the halter industry is only concerned with "get that muscle mass" and "make sure the head is petite", but to hell with the important stuff like comfort and longevity.

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post #3 of 181 Old 04-04-2014, 01:40 AM
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Surely this photo has had a touch of photoshop done to it? I hope!
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post #4 of 181 Old 04-04-2014, 01:50 AM
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Unfortunately, no, it's not photoshopped
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And I thought the Spanish breeding stock at the county show were hefty...
How on earth do they keep all that muscle on a brood mare o_O
Might a few steroids be involved, or is it just breeding run over-the-hill crazy?
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post #6 of 181 Old 04-04-2014, 02:19 AM
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That's just gross, it doesn't even look like a horse!
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We breed some nice meat horses.. should send them to Europe.

There used to be meat breeds, we've bred QHs to be that type..

Don't get me started on the form FOLLOWS function!!!! Pet peeve big time.

It's annoying when they have poor conformation (isn't the POINT of halter to promote the BEST of the breed?? (with any animal too!)) but when they look like this...

Not to mention it's just ugly...AND unhealthy.
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post #8 of 181 Old 04-04-2014, 02:57 AM
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Well I wouldn't want to eat any of that meat...rhino must be pretty tough

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post #9 of 181 Old 04-04-2014, 03:17 AM
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Omigosh, what is this? Another example of selective breeding by lunatics? That's not even good in cattle. Imagine being born an Arnie by default. Is this the special new salami-making breed???

Nature doesn't produce whole populations of deformed individuals. It takes human effort to make that happen. Is it just because they can? Or do they actually think it looks good, and aren't thinking of the consequences?
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post #10 of 181 Old 04-04-2014, 03:39 AM
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Those halter QH's look like Belgian Blues.

They even share the "diaper butt."

They look so disgusting, I wouldn't even want to eat them! Nasty!

What I don't understand is, why can't well conformed horses actually show in halter? Like say you have an outstanding performance horse. He is probably also built pretty good, right? Why can't that kind of horse win in halter? Why have a horse with bizarre proportions that is only good at standing around? Why not have a horse that can actually work also win at halter? Horses that can perform are also beautiful! They should be doing both.

People have a really warped sense of "pretty." It would be one thing if these horses were pretty but could do little else. But they are not even pretty. They are really grotesque looking.

Quarter Horses are a great breed......but I really have to wonder what people have done to them lately.

Halter Quarter Horses are an example of why I am not against breeding grade horses. Take just about any grade horse out of anyone's yard and it will be better put together than these horses people are breeding on purpose. Care should be taken when breeding horses. But as long as people think THIS is some kind of conformation standard I just don't know what to say.
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