Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
If I was to buy a horse and suspected that he/she had Impressive breeding, then a condition of sale would be the results of the test to be N/N, not N/H and certainly not H/H.
You can do all the DNA testing you want on an unregistered horse but unless there was something to compare it to it is useless.
Concerning registered vs unregistered, a good horse is a good horse and it comes down to his ability to fill his purpose for you. It comes down to suitability and money. We can argue all we want about the worth of having a registered horse but I do a LOT of horse trading and I go to a lot of auctions. A registered horse ALWAYS brings more money then one that isn't. I'm sure there are a lot of people who will say that they bought an unregistered horse for a lot of money and it was the best deal they ever made. I just wish I could find those people when I want to sell one.
The horse you are going to look at may just be the perfect horse for you and if so I would certainly buy him. I would not pay more for him then I would pay if he was registered. Papers bring more money.
If your fiancé's concern is theft then you have some really good advise about that. Just know your seller, get a bill of sale that describes his markings, get a Coggins, talk to their vet if possible, etc.
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.