If you are new to riding and interested in buying your first horse, consider a grade horse. This may be a great purchase for you.
A grade horse is a mixed breed horse. This is analogous to a mutt in the dog world and an alley cat in the feline world. They are also called unregistered or without a pedigree.
Sometimes a grade horse results from a mistake. Someone's fine stallion jumped over the fence. He got close up and personal with the neighbor's ready brood mare. More often, however, the breeding of a grade horse is not a mistake, but intentionally desired by a savvy horse person.
Here's a list of reasons why I think a mixed breed is an excellent choice for a beginning rider:
Grade horses are usually less expensive to buy than purebred animals.
These beasts characteristically are calmer and less "hot" than non-mixed breeds. Since purely bred horses are often maximized for their show potential, a high-strung, alert demeanor is valued more highly than is quietness. A saddlebred on the show circuit may be an example of this. Nervousness, however, is counterproductive for a new rider who is learning basic riding and horse care skills.
3. Physical Constitution.
Grade horses can have bigger bone and more substantial feet than purebred horses. The later are often bred to exhibit the extremes of characteristics of their type. For example, a quarter horse may be valued for having small "typey" hoofs. An Arabian may be seen as beautiful because of having slender legs (small bone). On the other hand, some heaviness of bone and largeness of feet are healthy in a normal horse. This sturdiness can make your new companion less prone to injury.
4. Early Training.
Because grade horses many a time are not bred or purchased for the show ring, they may be brought along more slowly in their first years of training. Frequently, a lower level of performance is expected of them. This can actually be an advantage because slow, reinforced training may stick better with the horse.
5. Lower Physical and Emotional Stress.
Slower early training and even temperament can lead to a good life cycle: there are fewer ongoing training stressors both physically and emotionally. This continues to reinforce good behavior and steady performance over time.
To sum up, temperament, previous training and future train-ability, and likelihood of staying sound for years are among the leading factors to consider when you, a beginner, are going to buy your first horse. A grade horse may fit the bill in all of these ways.
Jaye Barry loved horses when she was a child, learned to ride as a young adult, and brought her boarded horses home to live with her on a small ranch when she became an older adult. She writes to share her lifetime of admiration for these animal friends, and to help others come to know and feel comfortable with horses.
This is how I see it
If you aren't showing you and aren't trying to make that next halter point earner but you can train your foal to be the best it could be then why not breed I would rather buy a sound and safe unregistered horse than a half crazy hot headed purebred, not only that but my Paloma and Molly are straighter legged than my registered cochise. Lol
So as long as you know that your unpapered baby will never bring the amount of money, will never go far in the show ring, but will take you all over hell and creation and back as a sturdy trail companion do what you want but always remember to still breed responsibly (don't re breed your mare with in a month of its last foal and always look for homes before hand weather it be your neighbor or whatever, just use common sense)