Originally Posted by Barrelracingllamalover
Simple opinion question: would you breed a grade mare if she had a ton if potential to throw an amazing baby for your sport?
YES!!!--If she has amazing conformation and is a "natural" in her sport.
People used to do this all of the time before all of these breed registries. IMHO, we have ruined breeds by looking ONLY at the papers and the names and not certifying them, the one thing that some Europeans (horse breeders) do RIGHT.
I also do NOT like any kind of inbreeding, even if it's to cousins or once removed. I remember reading "Secretariat" and the author remarked that his lineage was about as out-crossed as possible. EVEN IN THE LATE 1960's, people KNEW that this was a problem.
There is ANOTHER reason that I agree with this. Many QH's and other breeds just never get registered. "Corporal" (1982-2009,RIP) was a non-registered Arabian. My current QH, "Buster Brown" had a registered dam but I cannot register HIM. He has a lovely build. Were he a mare, I might consider breeding HIM bc of his athleticism.
My KMH mare, "Warren's Cindy," has unregistered great grandparents in her background and papers. She, IMO is the most smooth of any of the gaited and gaited-x horses I've owned--smoother than my 7yo KMH, who has lots of names in his lineage. I can see why the man I bought her from bred her 4x.