xfactor fan wrote:
Pan Zareta,Were the horses you looked at at the last auction "ranch" horses? If so it may be that the selection pressure for working ranch horses is quite a bit different than for racing ability. Selecting for behavioral traits such as "cow" or disposition are more important for a ranch than winning at halter or on the track.
Yes, that auction is held by a collective of ranches that breed working horses to sell. But selection pressures for ranch work are not as different from those for racing as one might imagine. For both purposes good short speed is a sine qua non
. Obviously most performance stock must have cow sense too, but that's not a trait in and of itself. It's a function of disposition and training. The best cowhorses, like many of the best racehorses, tend to be somewhat aggressive, assertive, dominant, or what have you. Fwiw, my oldest son's main ride comes from a tail female line that has produced winners on the track and
in the arena (performance).
From the QH ranch horses I've seen going through the auction ring, they look quite a bit different from the racehorses, being for the most part lighter through the body and not quite as bulky.
Spot on! Bulk is the main difference I notice, at least when comparing conformation between racing and performance sires.