not to be mean/rude but why do you "need" to register your horse?
I'm not well versed in the horse world, and my horse & the wife's are purely trail animals so we look for quality of animal instead of what a paper trail states.
No argument about that but if I have bought a horse that happens to have papers -- sorry I WANT those papers
I try to stay out of this TWHBEA vs. NWHA spittin' contest BUT let the lady register her horse where she wants to.
Two of my TWH's have been registered with TWHBEA since Moby Dick Was a Minnow (they're old) and I'm not about to change their registry to a "newly formed" organization simply because I disagree with some of TWHBEA's philosophy. I disagree with the seat belt law but I have to wear the d**n thing anyway. Different ball fields but you get the point unless the entire paragraph isn't being read and absorbed
I have the papers for the third TWH but never transferred them, mostly out of pure laziness. If I do get energetic and decide to send them in, it will be to TWHBEA, where they originated.
If I were to ever buy a horse that was NWHA registered, that's where I would send those papers -plain and simple
They are all geldings and all trail horses. My gelding Arab is also registered.
Why pay for the papers? Because I am interested in lineage. I love to research each horse clear back to the Beginning. If more people took the time to get the papers on their horse (even if you don't transfer them but you paid the Seller for them), it might help you understand some of the reasons your particular horse does what it does. That goes for every breed.
Humans can't know where they're going until they learn where they came from, the same applies to horses to some degree.
I can get as aggravated about somebody not knowing who Maggie Marshall, Allen F-1, Old Glory, and Nell Dement were as some of you can about this "thing" between TWHBEA and NWHA. How many of you know the Chance line is the only blood line that did not carry Midnight Sun in it? I am always amused when people say "oh, my horse has Midnight Sun it". Bless Midnight Sun but his name is like Smith or Jones on TWH papers.
You've got a horse with papers --- LEARN about who and where that horse came from.
I don't support TWHBEA and I stopped going to the Celebration quite a few years ago but that $60 to register a horse is chump change and does very little more than cover the cost of paper work and the time it took for the person to do same.
To the OP congratulations on your baby. If you want something to pass the time during inclement weather and you might be interested in learning where the modern day Walking Horse evolved from, Walkers West - Tennessee Walking Horse breeders and brokers, world-wide.
has the most accurate and largest compilation of Walking Horse history on the Net, to my knowledge.
I'm sure the Grumpy Stiltskins reading this post will surely have something negative to say about Walkers West, but from a TWH genealogy researching point-of-view and interesting historical commentary, it can't be beat, IMHO