So lately I've been learning more about halter shows and how they work. First I've got to say, I don't compete in anything - so how horse shows work is beyond me. But I'm finding more and more that in halter shows judges are no longer looking for the "best" portrayal of the breed, but rather the most extreme portrayal. Rather than wanting something that shows off all it's best qualities in a balanced and appropriate way - I'm seeing more and more extremes, to the point where the horses are being bred or trained to look in ways that are detrimental to their health and well-being once they're no longer competing in halter classes.
For example, HYPP quater horses still being bred for halter shows, on purpose. At Arabian halter shows, some videos I've seen the horses are being intentionally spooked and startled, to the point where the handlers can hardly hold them, in order for them to look their most extreme.
I'm not making a blanket statement that all halter shows for all breeds are like this, but it's frustrating how much I'm seeing of it. Can anyone explain to me how this helps to better the breeds? Or what other use there could be for this?