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post #1 of 92 Old 07-02-2012, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Why are they called "appendix"?

I don't mean what combination of breeds (TB/QH). I mean where does the word "appendix" come from? My mom noted that an appendix in humans is something that you don't really need.

(She said this right after offering to loan me money to buy an appendix horse before my current horse sells, so she's just kidding )

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post #2 of 92 Old 07-02-2012, 11:33 PM
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An appendix is also something that you can find in a book. And yes, I too wonder how the term got associated with horses.

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post #4 of 92 Old 07-02-2012, 11:45 PM
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The word "appendix" is from a Latin word, first used in 1500's, meaning "to append" or to add on. In books and so forth, the Appendix is something we're familiar with. In AQHA registry, the term "appendix" refers to a special registry "added to" but separate from the AQHA registry. This is excerpted from the AQHA web site at this link: Appendix vs. Quarter Horse

"AQHA has created a special registry and numbering system for these Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred crosses. These horses are considered Quarter Horses, but are named for the registry system created for them — Appendix. They are denoted by a registration certificate that is white with a gold border (or completely gold if you have an older-style certificate) instead of blue. Their registration numbers also begin with an X. AQHA has registered more than 600,000 Appendix horses to date."

This was a great question! I had always wondered that, too, so I looked up the AQHA info....there's more at the link I inserted above.
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Basically th ehorse is registered but it is put in the "appendix" of the registry book, as opposed to the main part. I believe it or its offspring can get moved to the main book if it meets certain criteria.

Basically a way AQHA is further screwing with the breed by diluting it with more and more TB.

Registration nowadays is getting more and more meaningless. As the so called registries seem to stray from the original breeds more and more.
It's gotten so bas in the TWH world when someone says they have a registered THW, you have to ask, "Which one?" as there are two different horses.
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post #6 of 92 Old 07-03-2012, 12:13 AM
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I have a registry certificate that is white with a gold border. I have always thought she was a pure bred QH. Her number does not begin with an X. Just sayin'.
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I own an Appendix! Actually the origin is not from the AQHA but the horse industry itself. The American Quarter Horse was named for its ability to run a quarter of a mile with those powerful hind quarters. (why many well bred quarters are shown for sale with a rump view) Some 40-50 years or so ago, the industry decided to breed the TB into the Quarter horse to add stamina. It was becoming so common that the AQHA in its quest to maintain the "purity" of the breed made a side bar registry thus calling it the Appendix to the registry & the name of the breed was born. No one is trying to ruin anything with the registry.

BTW did you know an Arab, Saddle bred cross can be registered as an Arab, a Saddle bred & a National show horse....hmm if you had single papers you would think it was purely bred? Just an example to show what they were trying to achieve...purity of a particular breed

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Gee, all this time I thought they were called appendix, because like a human appendx, they were something no one really needed or wanted.



Oh, I'm just kidding, you QH and appendix folks...
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Basically th ehorse is registered but it is put in the "appendix" of the registry book, as opposed to the main part. I believe it or its offspring can get moved to the main book if it meets certain criteria.

Basically a way AQHA is further screwing with the breed by diluting it with more and more TB.

Registration nowadays is getting more and more meaningless. As the so called registries seem to stray from the original breeds more and more.
It's gotten so bas in the TWH world when someone says they have a registered THW, you have to ask, "Which one?" as there are two different horses.
Hahaha. Thank you for the laugh.
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lol Faceman :p I knew many nice Appendix QHs .... This was a great question! I feel much smarter now :)

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