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JustDressageIt 01-23-2008 10:09 PM

I have a couple of honest, sincere questions that are not meant to start a huge argument, I am curious about market tendencies as I might be looking at buying an unregistered crossbred...

- Are you more likely to buy a purebred or crossbred, and why?

- Are you more likely to buy a horse that's unregistered or registered? Why?

- Would you buy an unregistered crossbred?

I Love Lane 01-23-2008 10:21 PM

I would personally not buy an unregistered horse as in the discipline that i ride, there are no shows for unregistered horses.

If i was looking for a horse to give lessons on or a field friend - i would be more then happy to own a unregistered or grade horse :lol:

Cheval 01-23-2008 11:54 PM

Honestly - I don't care at all what breed of horse it is. All I care about is that if they put their best foot forward, sort to speek.
Which would lead to the next question. I don't mind at all if the horse is registered, or unregistered. I don't show in breed classes for the moment, I'm aiming towards the jumper/dressage ring.

mell 01-24-2008 01:20 AM

1) i am more likely to buy a purebred, although i dont mind crossbreds as long as their registered.

2) I prefer reg. horses because of showing purposes (breed classes). Also they are easier to trace. You also know their pedigree, age (with unreg. horses you cant be 100% sure unless you've owned it its whole life.) etc.
also when buying unreg horses you never can be sure of its breed exactly.

3) probably not.

upnover 01-24-2008 03:44 AM

I show hunters/jumpers with a little dressage on the side so I could care less what breed it is or what papers it has as long as it moves and jumps well, goes soundly, and has a nice personality. I've seen idiot warmbloods and amazing grade horses and everything inbetween. One of my favorite ponies was a QH/Welsh cross. Welsh cuteness and movement, QH personality! Unless you're showing breed specific shows or getting into breeding I don't think it's important at all.

Sara 01-24-2008 11:05 AM

I'd agree with Upn: if the horse can do the job well and has an engaging personality, its good in my book.

HOWEVER...unless a crossbred horse is already performance trained, I am NOT going to pay purebreed prices for it (aka "sporthorse" of my pet peeves). Paying 20k for an untried purebred mare, yes, well, you are paying for bloodlines and breeding potential as much as athletic potential in that case. Paying 20k for an untried crossbred thanks.

Anywho... *hops off the soapbox*

DGW1949 01-24-2008 12:45 PM

Over the past 35 years or so, I've had several different breeds, cross-breeds and a couple that were mixed from who knows what. A few were registered and came with the papers....but most weren't.

I don't breed, show or compete in any sort of sanctioned competition, so for my personal uses, it don't matter if they're papered or not.
When you get down to it, I only got three requirements in a horse.
It's gotta be healthy, it's gotta have some size and it has to like people. Being "Papered" aint got nothing to do with any of them three things.
That being the case, I certainly wouldn't pay extra for one that was.

But that's just me.

No offense meant to anyone.

Harlee rides horses 01-24-2008 01:50 PM

I would only buy a purebred registered horse. Probably only a quarter horse.

Equina 01-25-2008 04:59 AM

- Are you more likely to buy a purebred or crossbred, and why?
Either. Health and Personality prevail.

- Are you more likely to buy a horse that's unregistered or registered? Why?
Registered. If I can get the same quality horse, at the same price. My horse is registered and I love to lookup his pedigree (which traces back forever) and see pictures of his relatives. I also love having his baby picture on his papers. It also makes him seem more official. I have his papers locked away in a fireproof safe while the deed to my (newly paid off) car is just chucked in a pile somewhere. :D

- Would you buy an unregistered crossbred?
Yes. But I'd expect the price to be lower.

CK-chance 01-25-2008 07:49 AM

I have a Shire x TB, ive had him 14yrs and he is an absolute angel. He Hunts, Show Jumps, Shows (in hand or ridden), does Dressage and is extremely well mannered, i couldnt have wished for a better horse, he is one in a million. I really dont think registration or breeding matters unless you are planning to Show or Breed at a high level. As long as the horse is healthy and is happy to please you and does all the things asked of him/her then that is all that matters. x :D

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