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post #1 of 12 Old 09-13-2012, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Grade Mare? Please explain!

I am going to look at a horse next week. I am a beginner, and still learning everything going on. I have owned horses before, but I was young and they were just "rides" to me. I didn't care about breed, color, etc.

I made a list of everything I wanted in a horse and I found it. Breed didn't matter.

The horse I am going to look at is a Grade mare. Is this a breed, or what does this mean?

Thank you!
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-13-2012, 03:09 PM
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It means the horse is not registered. It could be a purebred or a mix, but any unregistered horse is a grade.
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Grade means the horse isn't registered/isn't eligible to be registered with any reputable registry.

Grade isn't a breed, it's a designation that the horse is either a mish-mash of breeds, her parents may be purebred but not registered, or her parentage is unknown.

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No it's not necessarily a breed. Grade is usually what people refer to when a horse is "backyard bred" and is a mixed breed (though some mixes are genuine, recognized and registerable crosses), of unregisterable breeding or of unknown breeding. If you don't show in breed specific shows, this doesn't matter.

Disclaimer: Not all "backyard breeders" are bad. Not all crosses are considered grade - national show horses are crosses, to name an example.
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post #5 of 12 Old 09-13-2012, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! So, I'm only going to use her for trail riding. It doesn't matter that she isn't registered then, thank you everyone. :)
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Thanks everyone! So, I'm only going to use her for trail riding. It doesn't matter that she isn't registered then, thank you everyone. :)

Well as the ol saying goes... you can't ride the papers! Good luck and let us know if she was the horse for you!
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-13-2012, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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I will def let everyone know how it goes.. Quick question, I'm 5'2, horse is 14.2-14.3, but VERY bulky and stocky. Is that a good height for me or too short? I don't want a TALL horse, and would like a general idea of how this will be for me.. My last horse, granted was a long time ago, was 15.2 hands and seemed very tall to me!
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Do you have a trainer or a horse savvy friend to go with you? It'd be best to take some one who has a general idea of horses with you just to catch anything you might miss, like lameness or any training issues

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I have someone going with me.. This is a very trained horse, and I have been looking at her for a long time trying to decide, and when I made a list of everything I wanted in a horse, she was it. She has been to many trail rides, parades, mountains, and has loads of experience. The ladies 6 year old daughter rode her at a local weekend trail ride and she did great. I'm going to go ride her, and have the person going with me ride her too just to make sure. Also going to ride her in arena and outside as well.
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-13-2012, 08:29 PM
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Re your height question: I think you will find that is a perfect height for you - I am also 5'2 and my tallest horse is 15 hands and that is about as tall as I want when it comes to trail riding (what with getting off and on, etc); and, if truth be told, I certainly like mounting my 14.1 better than my 15 hand one. Good luck.
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