Originally Posted by Colorado Aimee
Well this could all be for nothing as I was looking and my horses markings don't match the registration!
As Vita said, Ruh Roh. The marking on a horse do not change from birth. If his papers do not match, I would question his breeding and the fact that you do not have the horse that those papers belong to.
After two near misses, I will not pay for a horse until I see the papers and verify that he is the one that matches. Years ago, and on two different occasions, I had someone try to sell horses that were not the ones on the papers. They actually tried to tell me that horses change over time! AQHA did not require pictures to go along with registration so if it is an older horses, you can only match the markings.
Many times the original papers were accidentally switched but too many times, a dealer will take the papers of a dead horse and send them along with one that comes close to matching. Sometimes those papers go along with the wrong horse through different owners who never noticed.