So what does having a Proven stallion or broodmare mean?? I personally think the term is used too loosely by some people. When talking about breeding You hear people say or see an ad that saying their horse is proven, when IDK all I see they have shown is that they can procreate. Having the ability to make a baby doesn't = proven. You see a cremello or perlino & thay say proven color producer....Really??. A backyard mare that has 1-2 foals & now she is proven...In what exactly? That she has a uterus & can conceive?
To me a proven horse for breeding is one that has some kind of credentials that would make them more breed worthy. So they may have a show record of their own or have proven themselves to their peers in some way making them notable in their discipline. A stallion or broodmare can also earn credentials through the offspring they produce,those said offspring excelling & proving themselves. Does that mean a show record of some type? Generally as that is the main way of recognizing abilities against that of his peers. But is not necessarily. Depends on discipline said horse. He could be a ranch horse that all the neighbors wish they had & you wish you had more than one of,as he excels at his job. The trail horse that leads the way ,mr dependable that you can put anyone on...the envy of his peers cause they know/do there job so well Even these horses are recognized against their peers but usually on smaller scale,but they have something! Or have produced noteworthy offspring
So yes suppose it is a pet peeve of mine!! People that use the term Proven to a Stallion or mare that has really done nothing that earned recognition.