Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Kentucky
I understand or at think I do were you are coming from. Personally I think while some of those early horse were different compared today's "great" studs. Allot of those horse were worked out in the pastured alside the other ranch horses. Today, so many of the top sires are in the field, stable, and breeding shed, aafter a show careetr that usually ends about age 7 or so. Where the studs like Old Sorrel, was used as a ranch on the King Ranch. A lesser known ranch horse Bartender had a reputation as a solid working or as some people would call it a using horse. In the photos that you provided the photo of Royal King was 3 children who look like they are under the age of5 sitting there like it is nothing.
I also don't think that those horse all look that bad some of them like Poco Bueno, King, and several others. I also think conformationwise that the top performance horse have down down in quality compared to the ones form years ago. Right now the top cutting stud is High Brow Cat, compare him to the cutting studs of the past Peppy San Badger not to even compare hi to the orginally Peppy or Mr San Peppy. Little Peppy has a much heavier bone structure, he was a using horse too. They used him to work cattle the day of a big show. You wouldn't see a big name cuttewr doing that work today, it might wear him out.
A good cowboy always has a better horse at the end of the ride, a poor cowboy will be afoot reguardless of the horse.
Mis Raices Estan Aqui (my roots are buried here)