But just because they're bred for it doesn't mean they're going to be good at it or even like it.
Yes, which is why I stated potential
, not that they'd be guaranteed to be good at it. My TB is a perfect example. He made a crappy racehorse, but he's a good athlete and does very well at hunter paces, foxhunting, and trail riding. I took him on because I knew he'd been bred as an athlete, and would probably do well with my preferred disciplines.
For whatever discipline you buy you want a horse with the proper potential, and you won't know that unless you buy one with proven bloodlines. Doesn't mean that horse is going to love the job or even be great at it, but the potential
is higher for success than in a horse for which you have no background.
I get the health problems part of getting a registered horse, but then again most of the diseases [talking about ones like HYPP] are breed associated and grades have a less likely chance of having them. But with other things like blindness and such always have a possibility. But if someone is really worried about that then they could get a pre purchase vet check if they really wanted to. I have yet to buy a grade horse that has health problems [even the ones I buy that are over 200lbs under weight] that could have been seen before hand with knowing the pedigree.
If you don't know a horse's pedigree, you have no idea what genetic anomalies or conditions for which he might be prone. A PPE won't give you that information, it will only give you the physical condition of the horse at the moment. Even blood work won't tell you anything, unless you're looking for something specific.
A grade could have bloodlines back to Impressive, but you wouldn't know that until he showed signs of HYPP. There's no guarantee that a grade won't be prone to illnesses or conditions that plague specific breeds, because he could very well have those breeds in his pedigree.
I have yet to buy a registered horse that had health problems, so I don't see what correlation you're trying to make.
So you're saying if you were to see a grade horse and a registered horse with the same conformation same color same everything, and they were both proven in your desired discipline with the same potential to go higher. Except the registered was $10,000 out of your price range and the grade was only $100 you'd buy the grade?
Certainly, why not? If the horse is already proven
in that discipline, I don't have to worry about his potential. Snowman was a grade, and look how well he did over the years.
There's a lot of snobbery on both
sides of the fence when it comes to grades and pedigreed horses. I've always agreed that there are good and bad in both, and to say that one is better than the other is ludicrous.