Originally Posted by Hobo
registering a horse with a "pinto" parent before much of anything was known about genetics is certainly 100% DIFFERENT THAN intentionally telling the owners of a 'mistake" colt to ignore the fact that the stallion was born a Paint from a mare who was born a paint and both were ineligible to produce ApHC registerable foals before the AQHA changed their excessive white rule.
The colt in question should never have been registered, should never have been eligible to show and poorly represents the ApHC. The Registrar is responsible for a portion of the seriously falling standards of the ApHC and she refuses to accept responsibility for her actions.
So it is perfectly okay for some
Appaloosas (with known Paint genetics) to be registered, but it's not okay for others? Somehow, that doesn't seem right to me. How would you eliminate the Paint blood from the breed?
This is no different than the foundation QH registries disallowing TB blood, yet the foundation horses they base their registry on were of mostly TB blood! How would you eliminate the TB blood from the breed? You can't.
The breeders who don't want Paint genetics can simply breed away from the bloodlines known to produce Paint type markings, much like the breeders of the foundation QHs who breed away from TB blood. They don't want the type they perceive the TB to be, and it's simple enough to stay away from it. It is costing them dearly, though.
There is a parallel here - IMO, it's a big mistake to base registration eligibility on blood percentages, which tends to place more importance on bloodline percentages (or genetics) than on individual quality. These "color" breeds don't have enough going for them (aside from color) to eliminate outcross blood. They aren't competitive until outcross blood is brought in and utilized for breed improvement. The QH has been proven to add positive qualities to the Appaloosa (and the Paint), and along with that QH blood you get some Paint genetics. Be glad that ApHC doesn't have to deal with Tobiano
genetics, which comes with its own set of "qualities" that are difficult to breed away from, even with