Originally Posted by peppersgirl
Papers do nothing to protect a horse from going to auction...papers do not mean a horse is quality. There are plenty of ugly, unhandled, and ill tempered ( but papered! And even some NICELY BRED) horses out there. You want your horse to be marketable (grade or not), put effort into them from conception all the way through training..
I agree with you papers don't necessarily make the horse. I've owned many fine grade horses, like I said I own some now. I think what many are trying to get at is breeding purposely for a horse that can contribute to the horse world. There are so many horses being produce registered or grade that shouldn't have been bred in the first place. Too much irresponsible breeding from lack of education. At least with papers you can know your chances of certain genetic diseases like HERDA from king and poco bueno horses, HYPP from impressive horses, and so on. Of course these are also registered examples of fine registered horses who have contributed disease to the population, so its also a good example of registered horses that probably should not of been bred. But now we have genetic testing for disease so readily available many people here just want to ensure good education to the person who is breeding. So there isn't continuous repeated mistakes made and help less genetically poor horses out there in the world. Now for certain people who were a lil combative and rude I don't think it's nice to assume the OP is a complete idiot just cause they want to breed their horse. You don't know the person so who's to say how much they know. Instead of picking at the OP isn't the point of the forum to make sure the OP is educated in these matters. Attacking someone just because they are curious about breeding is the wrong way to go about it. Instead you should say hey OP do you know these things? If not you should educate yourself on this, this, and this and so on. That way the OP can say oh wow I didn't know that thank you I will educate myself more. That's how I try to answer questions, you attacking and ASSuming can make the OP want to leave the forum permanently and that accomplishes nothing.