Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Registration is no guarantee of a good horse, a healthy horse, or a well bred horse. That being said, it is a little more likely that you will be buying a good build with a registered horse bc some breed combinations really produce a freaky looking horse.
Registration is tricky, though. When I was very young, there were few "color" breeds registrations, like "paint." The only one that was a true breed, IMHO, was Appalousa bc the Nez Perce Indian tribe developed their own breed of spotted horses and to them, their coloring and mottoled skin had spiritual signifigance and their horses were used for transport and war, so they had a good build, too.
If you are buying for breed, go to the I'Net and study their best specimins. Then, buy for health, build and temperament. For you, since you are new, I would suggest that you look for a show horse that somebody is selling bc:
can't jump high enough
Those kinds of reasons. A show horse has been handled a LOT, trailered everywhere, behaves for the Vet, behaves for the farrier, and, more importantly, behaves for the rider, YOU. One of my best horses was a 13'2hh pony with a big barrel, comfortable for any adult. He had been a trail rig horse that was running home. I fixed that and everybody loved to ride him. (He even made his own movie.)
Right now there are more horses than people willing to keep them. Most of them are not finished, spooky, have hurt the owner, hence the reason for the sale--NOBODY sells their best horse--and really need a good trainer to bring them along for another year or TWO YEARS before they would be anywhere NEAR ready for a green rider, which is what you are. You need a been there, done that middle aged horse that isn't broken down. Get a Vet check when you buy so you don't buy damaged, and you should have a good horse owning experience. =D