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post #31 of 40 Old 05-21-2013, 08:59 PM
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grade horses having papers

The best money I ever spent is on my "grade" horse. We sometimes show Amateur Western Pleasure & Trail.I looked into papers-from what I found you have to have some sort of lineage-forget that. I made Grace's stall sign with her "registered" name-(made it up)-"Amazing Grace" because she came to me in my time of sadness & now after 6 years she still keeps me "sane". Watch out for registered $$$ horse owners that decide to show amateur to always get a blue. Others & I are often over-shadowed by the registered "guaranteed" winner",bought for that purpose. Owner buys a new horse each year & sells the current one. Grace & I are pretty good- not perfect by any means, but the 20 year old "perfect horse" that can do it in his sleep. This owner wants the blue ribbons- she must wallpaper her house with them. Just take it in stride and quit when it's no longer fun !!
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post #32 of 40 Old 05-22-2013, 06:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks pink pony 555 was grace your first horse. I'm not planning on going to congress or to the a circuit, I just want a long term relationship, no walls of Ribbins
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post #33 of 40 Old 05-22-2013, 07:11 AM
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Having had severe registered as well as grades-There is really no difference other than a piece of paper. A good horse is a good horse. PERIOD. Only makes a difference if you want to do breed shows, which I did as a kid, with QH, but have to say-not a lot different than doing the regular open circuit. I think that people have gone more toward discipline based shows than they used to, like reining, H/J, eventing, etc. So, in the end, the paper makes no real difference.

As far as health goes-I have no idea who told you that grades were less healthy, but I would challenge that. That is about the silliest thing I have heard in a long time. My feeling is that in some cases they are actually LESS healthy because of inbreeding, much like dogs. A great example is the QH industry, halter horses and HYPP. That is just ONE example.

Buy a horse on its merits. Not for a piece of paper.
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post #34 of 40 Old 06-01-2013, 04:42 PM
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Thanks all for the support of "grade" horses---(I can barely say the word" grade in relation to horses) !! Thanks for the quote: a good horse is a good horse) !!
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post #35 of 40 Old 06-01-2013, 04:46 PM
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Pinkpony, I prefer "You can't ride papers."
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post #36 of 40 Old 06-01-2013, 05:12 PM
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you can have perfectly unpapered horses and horried registered horses

unless ur showing and requirements are to have registered horse..i dont see the need for a horse with papers just to be a casul backyard horse

ottb's are registered, and not all have good conformation.

i also dont see show horses any better then the average backyard horse.
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post #37 of 40 Old 06-03-2013, 09:44 AM
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Original Poster - any updates? Did you go see him?
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post #38 of 40 Old 06-04-2013, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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I had a time all set up but the owner called me and said someone bought him so I never got to see him.
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post #39 of 40 Old 06-04-2013, 12:35 PM
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grade horses are no different than registered horses in my mind. I own a quarter horse cross (father was a quarter horse and mom was a tb/saddlebred cross) other than having really bad feet (from the tb in him) a kinky tail from the saddlebred and a speed like no other horse I have ever ridden. there is nothing wrong with him:) he was used as a lesson horse and James Madison College. rode extensively in shows and did really well. I bought him in april of 2012 and this year was our first shows with him I have only done two shows with him (our season is just getting started) we have gotten 6th in showmanship, 2nd in equitation out of a class of 17, 6th after being dqued cuz of incorrect pattern (out of 9 horses), and 4th in pleasure. I really like him. To me grades are perfect for me but for others they could be a bad match. All depends on the horse.

Good luck finding a horse! When you get one we want pictures!!!
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grade horses are no different than registered horses in my mind. I own a quarter horse cross (father was a quarter horse and mom was a tb/saddlebred cross) other than having really bad feet (from the tb in him) a kinky tail from the saddlebred and a speed like no other horse I have ever ridden. there is nothing wrong with him:) he was used as a lesson horse and James Madison College. rode extensively in shows and did really well. I bought him in april of 2012 and this year was our first shows with him I have only done two shows with him (our season is just getting started) we have gotten 6th in showmanship, 2nd in equitation out of a class of 17, 6th after being dqued cuz of incorrect pattern (out of 9 horses), and 4th in pleasure. I really like him. To me grades are perfect for me but for others they could be a bad match. All depends on the horse.

Good luck finding a horse! When you get one we want pictures!!!
Thanks and I will :) I just need to look at some other horses
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