Originally Posted by gypsygirl
a grade horse is one who is not registered & whose breed & parents may be unknown. A grade is not a crossbred
I'm no expert but I believe Gypsygirl is right on this. To my understanding a grade horse is likely or believed to be one breed or physically appears to be one breed, but not eligible for registration do to lineage being unknown or unprovable. A crossbreed isn't a grade, it's just a crossbreed. I know the lineage of my colt, but he isn't eligible to be registered with the ASHA because he is only 3/4 Shire, he has 1/4 Paint. That doesn't make him a grade Shire horse, because I KNOW he isn't purebred. It just makes him a crossbreed.