Papers are important to me because I like to look up the horses in mine's background, just to see if they're pretty or not. lol
I believe in a horse proving their worth by their work, which is the same belief I have concerning people.
No piece of paper would convince me to buy a horse easier than a great heart and/or amazing work ethic. I'd rather have a butt-ugly horse that I got for free without knowing their ancestry than a horse that was good looking and had proven horses in their background, as long as the horse had a big heart and could get things done....
Although I'm not saying papers are useless. It's always a plus to know the background of a horse, but basing a horse's worth on that just doesn't cut it for me. I don't even know what breed one of my horses is, and he's amazing- big heart, kind, and amazingly determined. I wouldn't trade him for all the expensive, well-bred horses in the world.
I'd just like to add, though, that I'm not in the horse business- I don't need to sell, when I buy, I buy for good, and if I think the horse may have to be sold later, I don't buy. If you're in the business of horses, papers DO matter much more.
Last edited by soenjer55; 12-14-2011 at 12:46 AM.