Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
Sorry if I got off topic on my first post.
If I was faced with two identical horses and one was not papered and cheaper, for my purposes I would choose the grade. I 1,000% support anyone choosing otherwise if they are interested in showing and climbing specific breed ladders doing what they love with the specific horse required. But I don't feel that the papered horse is any more special than the other if they are both identical. Many, many cross breeds excel in endurance and other activities. If you can trace your QH's lines, especially racing lines, there is a TB mixed in there somewhere. All horses came from different breeds and started out as a mixed bag of tricks. It took a good eye and a savvy horse person to develop what we enjoy today.
As far as taking a grade to the top, I don't know if enthusiasts would take the time devoted to training to get a grade as far as he could go when you can take a registered horse just as far. But for me... I'm devoted to any good horse regardless of where they came from. Any and all eventing horses can develop problems and injuries due to the strain we put on their bodies. I've found FOR ME that a Quarab suits ME best doing what I love, hard trail riding. My Appendix X Foundation bred QH mare has some great trail qualities, but as she developed after years of owning her and filling out she seems to have slighter bone for her muscular build. I'd grab my heavier boned more athletic grade horse over her to do some hard riding. But my grade doesn't show her potential for reining with her sliding stops and super quick turns.
I do think it's a crap shoot when buying an unknown grade colt or foal. And a good grade will probably bring less unless they are super proven for something in particular (jumping, barrel racing,...). I've seen one for sell on here that is grade and he's so well trained they are asking a hefty price. I'm glad they are holding out for it too, he deserves it! If I was in the market I'd head over there and snatch him up! I sold a stupid, unfit QH mare for $150, she initially cost $2,500 as a 2 year old. She had PERFECT bloodlines and great looks. The people flipped her and sold her for $900 as a broodmare. That horse really needed to just be PTS. Anyone looking at her feet could tell it was just a matter of time and she had NO RIGHT to become a broodmare.
You can get a lot further with a ladder than you can with crutches!! What do you mean what do I mean?
Last edited by FlyGap; 02-17-2012 at 04:20 PM.