I said nothing about unregistered rockies. So don't put words in my mouth. There's nothing wrong with an unregistered rocky so long as it has 2 rocky parents. My point is that Kentucky lets anything in. They let saddlebreds in, morgans, tennessee walkers, pretty much anything that has the height and gait, even half breed horses, that are half rocky and half something else. Appendix's .. I guess they're referred to. Grant it some rockies are registered with Kentucky if they do not meet all the requirements but my point is.. there are alot of horses in the association that arnt even rocky. You can even register a horse with kentucky as foundation without there being any parents associated with the association. I think that it's abit irresponsible on their part. It's not preserving the breed. It's ruining it.
I don't believe that the RMHA is totally in the right either. I don't think they shouldve closed the books so early and I don't think they should breed for consecutive chocolates but they do. Most of the horses in the association are usually as close to the real mccoy as possible although they do let horses in occassionally that should not be bred and pass on their genes. Temperment and Gait is the most important thing in the horse, but somewhere along the lines Silver Dapple has become more important and they have tossed out some of the good qualities that rockies are known for. I do believe that they should let half breeds in occassionally to widen the gene pool, so long as they have one rocky parent but I do believe it's irresponsible to let anything in.