I have been to plenty of shows and I have heard MAny people talk about their horses blood lines and how certain ones make a good barrel horse and blah blah blah. I really don't care bout blood lines because what are they going to do im mean their blood lines not like a I don't know something special yea know. I want to know other people opionons about this because I don't think their important but I just want to see what other people think on this subject about blood lines.
I think bloodlines a very important. A horse will take after it's parents athletic ability so if you have a horse out of two 1D barrel horses chances are your colt is going to be above average at barrels.
I also think that it's really important for every animal to be papred so that we can track genetic defects much easier.
Bloodlines are important, but they are not definite. Not all well bred horses are fantastic and there are grade horses I wouldn't turn away.
I also don't really care about who my horses great great grandfather is. However if I can look at his sire and dam I can see what they excelled on (and are bred for) and select a job for him based on that. If I am breeding, I can look at the sire and dam and select based on complimenting conformation in the hopes to get a well put together horse. Does it always work? Of course not. But it's better than just breeding blindly.
Also, artificial breeding allows for artificial selection. I have a better chance (not guaranteed) of getting a good cow horse if I look for lineage of horses that are built for getting down after a cow and naturally took to chasing cows. I wouldn't want a 17h dressage bred horse to sort cattle all day with just like a stocky little cow horse wouldn't be my first choice for my next eventer. Bloodlines influence conformation and build and thus what they will excell in. HOWEVER, personality and training of course plays a part
You have a horse (we will call him A). A is a wonderful race horse, great confirmation, no leg injuries (or what not) and he sires the same. His foals are great racers and their foals are great racers. People start wanting his lines because "racing is in their blood".
You have a bloodline.
Bloodlines say possibility. My filly is Impressive bred, what does that say? Halter! Her sire and her dame and their sires and dames and so on were all halter bred horses and she comes from halter bloodlines.
But I have a horse that had the "best" barrel bloodlines you can get(thats what my trainer said) and he ended up being a pleasure horse because he didn't have the desier to run like most barrel horses do. I no some people that would have still forced him but I wanted the best for him so I just ended up selling him off to a little girl that did the pleasure. Most of my horses are registed but I couldn't tell you the first horse on their papers cause I don't care
Yea he was built up real nice my trainer said that if he had heart he would have been a great barrel horse. The girl I sold him to though really loves him and what I find sad is that she used him in pleasure and now games him and he will run full out for her! Maybe he just needed someone to work with him instead of just bein sent to a trainer but im still glad for her.
Bloodlines are not terribly important to me. I just ride for fun and do ranch work so it isn't important that I have a *such-and-such* bred horse. When it comes to excelling at a particular discipline; racing, WP, reining, dressage, jumping, etc., etc., bloodlines do play a big part because many times, successful parents and grandparents will mean a capable foal. Of course though, there are exceptions to every rule. My brother is the exact opposite, he wants his horses to be dripping with cow savvy and wants the old type cutting lines like Mr San Peppy, Doc O'Lena, Colonel Freckles, Colonel Hotrodder, etc. I don't really need anything like that. They can be fun to play on sometimes but my horses are taught to watch a cow and they do well enough for me, I don't need something that I can take to a NCHA show. I guess that may be why my main horses are 2 mustangs, a grade qh, and someday (when he grows up) a qhxbelgian. LOL. But I don't do anything that I would need a horse to really excell at, I prefer good all around using horses and you don't need bloodlines of any kind for that.
Well all my horses are registered except buck but the only reason they are is so I can take them to AQHA shows but I have never looked at their bloodlines on any of the papers. And I really don't believe that it matters for anything what kind of bloodlines your horse has because my horse buddy aka Gandi Dancer, is a great cutter but does barrels to and I really don't even care if he has the "Bloodlines" for either because he has already won thousands so obviously it doesn't matter that much