I didn't want to get onto the topic of paper snobbery, but since the discussion is now open...I suppose you guys are right. I'm sure the piece of paper causes a horse to have better confirmation. I'm sure the piece of paper helps it become more athletic, makes it a more intelligent animal, and far superior to one without. What was I thinking?
Where would we be today if breeders many years ago decided to geld anything without papers? The quarter horse is a fine example of mix breed origins. The Quarter Horse was not recognized as an official breed in the U.S. until around 1940 when owners of these non-papered, heinz 57, farm and ranch stock horses got together to create a breed name for their horses that were unworthy of any other registration, thus "purifying" a breed of horses that had been anything but pure bred up to that point. They knew that their horses were worthy of breeding because they understood that the horse itself and not what papers came before it. It's certainly a good thing for all of the Quarter Horse show bunnies out there that someone didn't convince the original breeders of the Quarter Horse not to breed anything that wasn't papered. After all, that horse comes from so many different types of horses, that it is impossible to trace the exact origins. By what I've been told today on this site, those unregistered horses should have never bred, the original Quarter Horses would have never been acceptable. After all, there were far more unregistered horses running around back then. Those good stallions would have made even better geldings, don't you think?
The Thoroughbred also is originally a "mix breed", but was specifically bred to be a "Thoroughbred" from it's origination, unlike the Quarter Horse. Even the Thoroughbred didn't have a stud book from the start, however. It was traced back and created after the breed was established.
Now, in the case of my stallion. He has bloodlines that can be traced back to the Godolphin Arabian, one of the three founding sires in the 1700's. His bloodlines include many of the greatest race horses in history - and the fastest, as well as the only unbeaten triple crown winner in history. I suppose not having his papers due to a bad business deal by his original owners means he magically fell out of a tree and his breeding no longer exists.
I said I didn't have access to his dam. I never said I didn't know her breeding.