Originally Posted by Faceman
Haha...Yup - that's why I have to say "sincerely doubt" rather than "absolutely not". But you know me, and know from previous discussions elsewhere I will NEVER believe there is not an Appy in Reminic's woodpile. We both know there are fence jumpers and dishonest breeders, and know that before DNA filing a lot of horses were misregistered. I forget how far back they went with Reminic, but if I remember it was only 1 or maybe 2 generations - DNA was probably unavailable back any farther.
I am just not a believer in spontaneous LP/PATN mutations. Obviously it has happened at least once sometime in the last 55 million years, but the odds are a bazillion to one...with those kind of odds if it looks like an Appy, it is probably an Appy...
Yep I remember those discussions. That was when he was for sale and was bought by the Canadians.
And I agree. APHA, ApHC and AQHA have so much mingled blood it wouldn't surprise me in the least that a little ways back in Reminic In Spots pedigree is something hinky going on (weren't there some breeders running bands of mixed horses and then just registering with whatever registry based on looks? I know people would register better looking horses as having a sire/dam they didn't actually have...), and you are correct, they did not DNA test that far back.
On the Varnish thing... That's why I try not to refer to it as varnish roan
and try to just call it varnish. I figured he was going to be a varnish as well. I'm more surprised at the ones that keep their blankets than by the ones that do.