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    04-23-2012, 02:49 PM
I would question the ability of a DNA test to definitively pinpoint any but a very few, very distinct breeds. Most breeds we have commonly today are based on mixing specific other breeds. Even older breeds have sometimes had to allow approved cross-breeding into their registries after catastrophic events (such as epidemic or war) severely cut down the number of purebreds.
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    04-27-2012, 01:26 AM
Well Jump, I agree with you. Especially now days, when many of these horse registries are simply registries; not actual breeds. You run into this often in the gaited world. A Spotted Saddle Horse is any gaited horse of color. A Kentucky Mountain Horse (like mine) is usually a Walker, although some come from Trotters. My horse actually has 3 registries. I was told he was a Walker, but he fox trots and racks, and is not registered as a Walker, but as a Mountain Horse. (I have been told that Rocky Mountain Horses and Kentucky Mountain Horses are the same except for color... at least that was 1 opinion!) I was fortunate, did extensive tracking and got lucky; found the original breeder, who was "up in years" and no longer in the business.

It didn't matter to me his breed. Like you, I love my horse no matter what. But my findings help me understand what I could and could not expect from him in the way of gaits. Now that I know what I am working with, we are doing better on and off the trail! Good luck.
    04-27-2012, 09:26 AM
I agree the dog tests are garbage... I work as a dog groomer and at least a dozen of my customers have tested their mutts and the results that come back are ridiculous!! Often a mix of huge and tiny dogs and very rare breeds, which look nothing like the dog at hand. If it looks like a lab x German shepard mix most likey that is what it is...not a pug, pharaoh hound, newfoundland like the results came back. I too have heard of people sending in their known purebred dogs (in some cases show champions) and results coming back as mixes.
    04-28-2012, 12:28 PM
Hello, new to the horse forum. I love my unpapered horses, I queried because it is a shame in one case of a paint I own. He is so naturally athletic looking and nimble and smart, I wondered if it was possible to pinpoint what breed(s) he may be. I'm sure if his original owner had known how great he would turn out to be, award winning reining, cutting and Western Pleasure, they may have kept him a stud to pass down some of the natural abilities and adaptability he has.
    08-11-2014, 02:21 PM
Originally Posted by JumpAnOxer    
I disagree that the tests for dogs are useless. I had one of my rescue dogs tested and he turned out to be a purebreed that I had never heard of before. The breed has some health issues and we were able to manage them from an early age with him.

I know that is a one in a million case. But dog behaviors are sometimes very closely linked to their breed or type, so knowing can help you understand some of your dog's weird behaviors.

It's not that I don't love my unpapered horse. If I cared about papers, I'd buy a papered horse. He definitely wasn't any cheaper than one with papers. And he goes nicer and wins more than my registered horses. It's just a curiosity thing.
If he was a grade QH or paint, I don't think I would be so curious. But he is a blue roan (which narrows down his possible breeds), pony sized, and horse shaped, and is super athletic. I would buy a million more of whatever mix he is!
I couldn't help but notice that you're also in Minnesota. In looking at the picture of your horse on your profile and your description above, I may know some history on your horse!

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