When a Paint, Ain't
Registering horses without color in a color horse breed is doing a disservice to those who breed for color, and it makes their horses worth less. (For those who don't understand, I'll give some clues later.)
What's a Quarter Horse? Well, he started out being a "quarter miler", running that distance down the main streets of America even before we declared our independence from the British. Mostly Thoroughbred, he was later crossed on Spanish mares (they worked cattle) and he became a very quick working cow horse.
Today, unless you are looking at a "running quarter horse" or a working cow horse (reiner, cutter or roper) you wouldn't be able to tell a Quarter Horse from a Paint.
One of the reasons is the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has changed its rules from not registering what used to be "crop outs (Paint markings) to allowing any old Paint to become a Quarter Horse. (You don't need to tell me why…AQHA takes in more money registering and transferring more horses.) That's a disservice to all Quarter Horse owners, and makes their horses worth less.
The Arabian horse had one thing no other horse had….purity of blood, or so it was claimed. For a long time Arabians were worth a ton of money. But soon Half Arabs were being registered, then quarter Arabs, Anglo Arabs, Pintorabs, walkarabs and every other kind of "rab" you could conceive.
What happen? The value of all Arabs dropped. The "rabs" value stayed down and they'll get less valuable everyday. On the other hand, those breeders who "preserved the blood" still have horses worth a ton of money.
Learn something from the Jockey Club. You can't use artificial insemination to breed Thoroughbreds…you can't ship semen…you can't clone 'em and you can't transfer embryos. And the price of Thoroughbreds goes up and up…the Jockey club registers about the same number of horses every year, all the while protecting the value of its horses.
Look up the definition of "unique", "rare", "scarce", "one-of-a kind", and "exclusive."
Do you see dollar signs next to those words?
Ah, what the heck, register any horse in any association; mix 'em up, it's already too late. Breeds are hardly breeds any more.
The future is here.
Soon we'll be registering all horses by event. There will be the competition trail horse association, the English pleasure horse association, the western pleasure horse association and the halter horse association.
It's already happened…there's the Reined Cow Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association.