I own grade horses, no strike that I own one grade horse right now, but have owned many, and have had some great ones.
Now Mr G, a proper grade, came to me with no idea of his real age, parentage, apart from a guess that there was an appy and some sort of draft in his back ground. Never bothered me in the least, he was the kindest nicest horse to own.
Ben, now yes he is a grade, but he came from a breeder who keeps records, I know he is TB/Perch x Saddlebred, and I know he is part of a program where Walter has focused on breeding horses with great movement. That has been his goal in life, and for anyone who hasn't seen it, here is Ben moving
He has produced some nice horses, but still grades.
Now we come to the interesting ones.
Angel, I deliberately bred, I wanted to produce a foal that had the grace and elegance of the Arab, with a little more bone and substance from the Haffy. I am pleased with what I have, and she is more than likely my last foal that I will 'design' is she a grade? Well she has registered half Arab, because of Ace.
Willow also is cross bred, Saddlebred x Arab, so has half Arab papers.
These guys are lucky that they are half Arab, it gives them papers, but if I had chosen a Haffy x Morgan then no papers there I believe.
So I actually have no issue with grade horses, and have said so many times before, but bred for a purpose grades, I totally get trying to combine the best of the best from two different breeds to try and get a better sports horse, be it racer, jumper, endurance, whatever purpose, but you are trying to improve.
I also have admitted up there to breeding Ace just to get me a keeper foal, but this is where it gets interesting, first crosses, both parents registered to their own breed, with researchable history and knowledge of where they come from gives you reasonable odds of getting what you want.
If I then decided to breed Angel, who knows which side of her she would pass on to the resultant foal, breeding her back to am Arab may shorten the odds again, but out crossing the gamble becomes bigger. I AM NOT even thinking in my wildest dreams about having her bred at anytime because of that very reason.
Willow, who has become MY horse in a way that is different to any other horse I have owned, once again, the odds are longer at getting what you are planning because of what she is.
- You can't ride papers
- A good horse is a good horse papered or not.
- Breeding crossbred mutts is a crapshoot
- Breeding pedigree horses is more like roulette, better odds of winning more often.
- Horses with no papers have only their own personality and talent to rely on.
- Breeding is a gamble each and every time, and you need to try and stack the odds in your favor.
- Breeding should really be left those who are passionate about research into bloodlines, and have a 'feel' for what will work.
- People like me, who do not have that passion, should not be in the breeding game, which is why I quit.
- There are too many horses and not enough owners these days and each and every foal that is conceived and arrives safely adds to the total.
- Color is the worst reason for breeding ever!