Bloodlines usually are a good indicator, but not always, for his abilities, age of maturity and so on. Basically any trait that is inherited. But I have this one instance stuck in my head.....
I was working for a trainer and there were two colts one year apart out of the same dam, by the same stud, raised on the same place, started by the same person and trained by the same trainer.
You never would of known these two colts were full blooded, or even related for that matter, without looking at the papers! Completely different horses!!! One horse went to the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno and the other ended up as a life as a barrel horse.
I have seen other cases like this, but this one sticks to mind because you can't say it was a difference in enviroment.
Also a few of us had a discussion about King Fritz bred horses. A guy said he has rode a bunch, wouldn't give a pinch of coon sh*t for one because they won't watch a cow. I have ridden a few,not a lot, but they were handy for sorting the pens and shipping if you can get by them on the ground.
So my question to you all is,
What do you think about bloodlines and papers. I know that papers sell but if you were choosing a horse solely on personal use, not for resale, would papers be that important to you?