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    10-21-2013, 03:38 PM
Registering Your Horse

Has this every happened to any of you?

I'm a little bit bummed on the idea of not being able to 'properly' register my mare Bailey. I adore this mare from top to bottom, I've owned her since she was 5 months old - now 7 years. I've started her from the ground up. I love her and have put my heart, soul and all my knowledge in to her and in my opnion she's down right amazing.

For the past seven years I've been going back and forth on and off with AQHA trying to register her. Here is a link to her pedigree: Farewell Blue Bailey Quarter Horse

The problem, they keep telling me is that both parents are Appendix, but in my eyes, this still makes her half and half. Half TB and half QH. And, neither of her parents had a high enough speed index on the track to allow for her to be registered that way either. It's very frusterating for me. She has registered parents, both registered through the AQHA, why can she not be? They had me register her through the Half Quarter Horse Registery, which is just kind of chincy and silly IMO.

I love this mare, as I've stated, and I'd like to, one day breed her out of my own selfishness to just simply have a piece of her. But, I do not want to do any injustice to the foal in this horse market.

Have any of you been through this? Were you able to get your horses registered?
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    10-21-2013, 03:46 PM
They've already told you why, you just don't want to accept it. They're not going to change the rules just because you think they're not fair.

Why would you breed her and then turn around and sell the foal if the only reason you want to breed is to 'have a piece of her'? I'd think you'd keep the foal its entire life, so whether or not the mare is registered with AQHA is immaterial.
    10-21-2013, 03:53 PM
I wouldn't sell the foal, but I think that it's only fair to consider the possibility that life happens.

I agree that I don't want to accept it, but was reaching out to others whom this may have happened too. I do find it a little silly that two parents can be registered AQHA, yet their foal cannot.
    10-21-2013, 04:34 PM
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I do understand why they're doing it. Take a moment and think what the purposes of a breed registry is. It's to build and represent a "type" of horse that has been carefully bred over the years. That is their aim. To that end they have a registry for these horses, tracing their bloodlines back. An Appendix horse isn't on that registry, their parent was. The "Appendix" isn't a breed in itself, it just means "an additional section". This part of the registry was designed to allow horses that had been bred out of the registry to remain registered, not for these horses to continue breeding out of the main registry and remain registered.

This is the way I see it. Basically, each foal will get one chromosone pair from each parent, so an Appendix be 50/50 - half of each pair coming from a QH. However, once an Appendix has a foal it might not pass on half of each breed's chromosomes, it might pass on more TB, and if both parents do that then this foal could be a lot more TB than QH.

Lots of horses are for sale as "can be registered" but I've always been advised that if the horse can be registered then ask the seller to register them and you'll pay more. Otherwise the horse should be considered unregistered just because registration can be so hard and fickle. I'm sorry yours couldn't be.
    10-21-2013, 07:58 PM
Did you know that you couldn't register an Appendix x Appendix with the AQHA when you bought her, or did the seller tell you that she could be registered?

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