Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I sort of agree with a lot of the responses - to a degree.
There is an old saying that goes "You can't ride the papers". I think that was started by someone who didn't have a registered horse.
Knowing his breeding can help with the job he may be fit for. It can also tell you about any inherent problems. As an example, any horse with Impressive in his background is at risk for a terrible disease know as HYPP; how would you know without his papers. I've often used a horse's papers to contact previous owners concerning his training or quirks. There is also the reality of knowing his correct age - many 15 year old horses have been sold as 10 year olds. Regardless of the fact that he is a gelding, a registered horse is always worth more then one that isn't - that is just a matter of fact. It doesn't matter that he can't breed,
So while I agree that a gelding is a gelding registered or not, there are very compelling reasons to have a papered horse.
It is also very difficult to switch papers on horses. The one you are switching to must have the exact markings as the original. That's not to say it isn't done, just very difficult. As for proof of ownership, same as the title on a car, whoever has the horse and the papers is the owner. You may be able to steal a horse, but to steal a horse and his papers then forge the owner's name - a lot more difficult.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.