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.
If we're going to be accused of being snobs, then the proper term is conformation. Confirmation is to confirm something like a reservation.
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.
So what? So does every TB born. Each and every Thoroughbred goes back to the three founding sires.
My Paint gelding
goes back to Man O' War and all three founding sires. Again, so what?
I understand what the others are saying. Every magazine I read mentions the overpopulation of horses right now.
I breed dogs. My dogs all go back to super show dogs. All of my dogs, sans the 1 year old puppy are show champions. I don't breed them all. I only breed the ones who I feel will give something back to their breed. My puppies are sold on spay/neuter contracts because I don't want them bred just because they have spectacular bloodlines.
To me, horses are no different.
Registration doesn't always mean much. However, to me, breeding an unregistered animal just because the owner thinks he's wonderful isn't good enough in this time of horse overpopulation.
Of course, that's only my opinion.