Glad to hear your mare is N/N. There are lots of issues with horses just as with dog breeds. You just have to know about your breed and be careful and if you breed, do health and genetic checks. As long as animals are being bred, you will have genetic issues that can destroy the good "parts" of the stud or mare in question. Good breeders in horses and dogs want their animals to produce only the best healthy babies they can and do health checks to help their goal. But there are also breeders who only care about the money angle of things and could care less when their male and female produce genetic issues.
As my vet says" There are reputable breeders in all animals, then there are back yard breeders who have a boy and girl and can make babies. No health checks, no background information on the bloodlines, just want to produce babies for money.
I rescued an Impressive (through Sheiks Whim) gelding way back when (he was my second rescue horse) and really, he had the potential to be the sweetest horse in the world. Unfortantely for him, he got the crap kicked out of him and sometimes anything could trigger him and he'd completely lose his mind. I had him for two years before he almost got me good and I had to get rid of him.
But I've worked with numerous Impressive horses, have always found them to have great minds, willing dispositions, and are very honest. He is one of my favourite Quarter Horses and if I were into breeding them, I wouldn't think twice about having a N/N horse.
And you're right, Wyoming. Buying from someone reptuable will more than likely save you TONS of trouble down the road with your horse, especially if you're looking to breed or show in their later years. Breeder's who have their horses tested and have a good program, usually have a goal and that goal isn't to produce crap horses they can't sell, or can sell for only $300. They stake their reputation on the horses they sell so be honest about it. That's the type of breeder you want to buy from.
I've been around several Impressive bred apps that were affected by HYPP, and I personally would not want one of those. HOWEVER, one of my favorite stallions was a son of Impressive -- Impressive Andrew, who was N/H. I don't think I would have bred to him, but I certainly would not have any problem owning a N/N mare by him.
There are many wonderful horses out there that carry Impressive in their pedigree. As long as you buy N/N, you are OK. BUT don't trust every seller to be honest about the test. Send one in yourself. Even if they have paperwork, owners send in their own samples and could be mis-labelled. Maybe write it into the contract that the sale is null and void if the HYPP test does not come back N/N.
You C Davis has a great website all about HYPP. It can be managed very well in many horses, but it takes more care and more attention to diet. So most of us choose not to hassle with it.
All my apps are Impressive bred. And I personally love the impressive line. All my horses are N/N, so there is no problems as far as their muscles and paralysis. But you have to take time with them. AND TEACH THEM BEFORE ASKING. You can't just jump on and go. You have to show them. But once they know what your asking.... you have a heck of a horse.
My horse is pretty Impressive bred also. Both his sire and dam are hypp n/n so I was in the clear.
If your unsure, or don't want to trust the sellers its as easy as;
1) getting the name of the place that tested the horse and the offical paper work from when the horse was tested.
2) contact AQHA or go online yourself and look the horse up.
My horse, his dam, and his sire all over their hypp results listed right online in their paper work =)
The biggest thing I dislike about Impressive bred horses is that when they blow up, they BLOW UP. I know from experience with several of them. Its a well known fact that many Impressive bred horses have a screw loose, especially when crossed with certain lines. I will not even touch a directly bred offspring of Impressive. Every one I have met, and this is talking 20 plus, have been nuts. That's JMHO and experience though, and take it with a grain of salt if you wish. Posted via Mobile Device
the biggest thing I dislike about Impressive bred horses is that when they blow up, they BLOW UP. I know from experience with several of them. its a well known fact that many Impressive bred horses have a screw loose, especially when crossed with certain lines. I will not even touch a directly bred offspring of Impressive. Every one I have met, and this is talking 20 plus, have been nuts. That's JMHO and experience though, and take it with a grain of salt if you wish. Posted via Mobile Device
OMG! I could have a ticking time bomb! (btw I NEVER heard of your 'well known' fact)
Jeez, I have an impressive 3 year old and he is nice, calm, and is wonderful in the saddle and on the ground... did I mention he was only3?
He does blow up sometimes when I am cinching him and havent ridden in a while...but once he exhales I just tighten the cinch up a little more.
He doesnt have a screw loose. I know for sure, I checked them all myself.
MY impressive horse loves to eat nuts, but is not nuts... that's a common conversation mixup.
When I was 12-13 years old I started to clean stalls at an arabain farm. The owners also had one QH stallion. His name was Mister Slo Mo he was a son of Impressive Show Boy...There were about 20 broodmares on the property. I cleaned his stall three times a day when the weather was bad and twice when he was outside...
Whenever I cleaned his stall he was either waiting to go outside or just brought inside a few hours before but he was almost always in there with me.
Looking back the owners of the barn were pretty nuts for letting a 12-13 clean a stall with a stallion in it while they lead mares in and out but I never had an issue and he was always a gentleman. I even lead him in and out, brushed him, and picked his feet. He was bred back in the day I was told but I worked there for 5 years and he was never bred, not once.
I've heard some old-timers mention the screws loose and the explosions. My mare is a grandaughter of Impressive and she is a sneaky witch that can explode for no reason. She is also very smart, too smart. She's spook free and can be the kindest sweetest mare, she can tote children around with a gentle kindness... and then she can take me throw me to the ground like a wet potato sack.
My gelding is a great grandson of Impressive and he seems to be as my farrier puts it, "simple minded". Show him what you want, he'll do it. Don't expect him to know what you want because your last horse knew, show him what you want, he'll do it. If he gets mad, back up, take a break, start over. He's smart, he just likes to think things through.
I am a huge Impressive fan. I love Impressive horses....