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post #11 of 88 Old 12-02-2012, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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He looks like he has a fair bit of Arab in him but I doubt he's pure simply because he's not registered. Who breeds purebreds and doesn't register them?
That's exactly what I thought, too! But I guess his previous owners bought him from the woman who broke him.
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Can you track back to who sold him to the people you bought him from? If you really want to, you could try to get all the way back to the breeding barn and then you could register him if he meets criteria.

I don't think he's pure Arabian; he's at least 1/4 unicorn! :)
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Can you track back to who sold him to the people you bought him from? If you really want to, you could try to get all the way back to the breeding barn and then you could register him if he meets criteria.

I don't think he's pure Arabian; he's at least 1/4 unicorn! :)
I was actually thinking about doing that! I'm still in contact with his previous owners, who I know are still in contact with the woman who broke him.
Haha, for some reason I do think he might be an Arab/Unicorn mix, as well ;]
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I vote for purebred. Not all Arabs have the dished face and the swan neck.
As for not purebred because not registered....you'll be surprised how many breeders don't bother registering colts especially, if they don't live up to expectations.
I'd try to research, and if its only for knowing his parents, or breeder. Then you can think about registering him, provided his parents were.

He looks like a sweetie
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I vote for purebred. Not all Arabs have the dished face and the swan neck.
As for not purebred because not registered....you'll be surprised how many breeders don't bother registering colts especially, if they don't live up to expectations.
I'd try to research, and if its only for knowing his parents, or breeder. Then you can think about registering him, provided his parents were.

He looks like a sweetie
Thank you! That's a great help =] I don't know much about Arabs, I've only had him for about 7 or 8 months now. I ride hunters, so I used to ride the big TBs but when I was shopping for my own horse, I wanted something that fit me better (I'm 21 and 5'0" and weigh 110 lbs, haha).

And thank you, he is a huge sweetie; I love him to pieces =]
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Before you embark on the task of possibly trying to get papers it would be good to check with the registry as to proceedures and costs. This may be no small project or a cheap one.
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He looks all Arab to me as well, and may have some Egyptian in him. LOTS of reasons not to register a purebred, the biggest being if they're geldings and not halter show quality, it's an expense that doesn't really add value.

The Arabian breeder I worked with not only didn't register the less than top quality colts destined to be geldings, they gave a lot of them away, and that's when the market was much better than it is now.

I'm sure you'd love to know his pedigree, but other than that, unless you planned to show him on the Arabian show circuit, would papers really matter?

He looks like a delightful, useful, all around good guy - I wouldn't care if he was 1/4 Bashkir Curly! Hope you have many years of enjoyment with him.
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He looks like he has a fair bit of Arab in him but I doubt he's pure simply because he's not registered. Who breeds purebreds and doesn't register them?
A LOT of breeders don't register their 'culls'. They give them away or send them to auction without papers. I know one here in OK who does this every year with 30 or more, she just keeps the ones she thinks will bring her another National Championship and dumps the rest. The horse is free, papers $1000 or more if you can ever get her to sign them. It's a despicable practice and very widespread in the industry.

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Sorry, double post.
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Thank you! That's a great help =] I don't know much about Arabs, I've only had him for about 7 or 8 months now. I ride hunters, so I used to ride the big TBs but when I was shopping for my own horse, I wanted something that fit me better (I'm 21 and 5'0" and weigh 110 lbs, haha).

And thank you, he is a huge sweetie; I love him to pieces =]
He's probably the best horse you'll ever own! My first Arab was a lovely little grey mare and she got me totally hooked. Can't imagine not having an Arab for my personal horse.

I vote pure, he's got that older Arab type all over him. The breeders were probably going for the more modern look and decided he'd be a gelding, so didn't reg him. Registering him at this late date will cost you a bundle, I wouldn't bother. I'd contact everyone who can give you his breeding info, it would be nice to know his pedigree.

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