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        02-17-2012, 03:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by PaintCowgirl    
    agreeeed! All of my registered horses are direct Doc Bar! He is the only blood line I will pay money for. And even so, I am extremely picky about where in the blood line and who the mares are.
    Exactly! I don't dislike grades at all..I just like registered horses better..That's why I think it is so nice to have registered horses, because you can do and tell so much by their bloodlines and that all fascinates me. You would love little Fatty's breeding if you are a Doc Bar fan..

    Papa Hickory Doc Quarter Horse
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        02-17-2012, 03:21 PM
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    Faceman I WISH that was true but as long as people will go ga ga over bloodlines and drop lineage names as if they knew them personally, the grade horse will be overlooked in favor of the registered horse.
    With all due respect, you missed the point of the post entirely.

    To repeat myself, registration may make a horse easier to sell, but it is absolutely no assurance it will find a better home than a grade...
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        02-17-2012, 03:43 PM
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    When I helped my mom sell two of her mares, it was only 9 days before the registered mare was sold. It took 2 and a half months to sell the grade mare. If the grade had papers, she would have sold within days since she had so much interest from breeders and those that wanted to show in breed shows. Sadly, even though she was a purebred QH, there was such a paper mess up involving the original owner that she couldn't be registered and AQHA wasn't able to anything since they had a bad address as the only contact information for the guy. Beautiful mare, no papers, she did find a wonderful home eventually. But, if she had been registered, she would have been sold so much faster and for more money too.
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        02-17-2012, 04:15 PM
    I've never heard anything bad about grade horses as a whole. The only thing that kind of sucks is that you don't know their bloodlines, so you have no clue what defects or illnesses they may be genetically predisposed to.

    There are plenty of grade horses that are better-looking than some crappy purebreds. It depends on the individual.
        02-17-2012, 05:04 PM
    Nowadays I will only buy a registered horse. Back when I was only doing Pony Club, I had a few grades, but now that I am looking to breeding in the future, and competeing in breed shows, I only have need for registered horses.

    None of my horses have been particularly expensive, even the registered ones. My best horse is a Registered Arab that I got for under $1,000 - Which is DIRT cheap here. My Stockhorses were purchased for 5,000 and under. All registered.

    I love bloodlines. I trawl the online studbook for hours following lines this way and that, looking up progeny. I could tell you by looking at most stockhorses how they are bred, and I love that. I love being able to choose stallions by knowing the type they throw, and the ability they generally throw.

    Your experiences may have swayed you toward grades - Mine have swayed me to registered horses. The two grades I had were, uh, less than perfect? Of course I loved them all the same. One was so nervous he could hardly think straight when ridden, and wasn't built well, and ended up going blind. The other was a brumby who was dummer than a box of rocks and threw tantrums when he didn't get his way. Neither could have done anything other than low level pony club.
        02-17-2012, 05:09 PM
    Agree about the Doc Bar bloodlines... I think that one should judge horses as an individual. To me, it doesn't matter if they are registered or grade. But, I do love my Doc mare, and would love another horse with her characteristics. ;)
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        02-17-2012, 05:11 PM
    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.
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