Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: State of Confusion (SC)
OK, I'm confused. Montana has WAY too many people, but you don't live in ranching country?
Where DO you live? In the middle of a desert, or on a mountain top? <grin>
I am NOT a quarter horse person, so this is just my uneducated guess...but I think what you may be seeing is the same difference you see in the dog world between show dogs (generally brainless but pretty) and actual working dogs.
I know that a lot of halter horses were bred for huge, bulky muscles and teeny tiny feet...that didn't bode well for a good using horse. You won't find many of those working on a ranch.
Then you have the difference between people who look at their horses as pets and over indulge them with resulting rotten behavior, and those who actually use their horses and don't put up with that kind of stuff. This difference you will find in ANY breed. I don't know where you are, or what kind of horses you run into on a regular basis, so I can't really comment. But I wouldn't assume that quarter horses are being ruined any more than I would assume that any other breed is being ruined. They've been very popular in the US for a very long time. I doubt that people who really love them are going to let the breed be ruined.
Of course there are always irresponsible backyard breeders who will breed anythign and call it a breed. (Not that all backyard breeders are irresponsible)...but I think you may end up with a lot of grade horses that look sort of like quarter horses just because of the popularity of the breed.....who knows what's going on with them? Like I said, I have no idea where you are or what you're seeing. There could be lots of explanations.
I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
Last edited by HagonNag; 08-16-2012 at 12:10 AM.