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    If people do have papers it really frustrates me when people don't send them along with the horse. Papers are useless without the horse (unless you are shady and going to use them for another, similar looking horse, which is just wrong). Recently there was an AQHA mare for sale in our area for $250. Or $1000 with papers. Like really, sell her for $250 towards the slaughter pipeline just to get more money for papers? It makes no sense for me and IMO puts the horse at risk, especially in the lower price brackets.

    However, not having papers has never stopped me from getting a horse. Then again, I only show in small local schooling shows, am not involved in a breed association, or anything similar to that either. I'm pretty good at guesstimating ages from the teeth, and typically I take in rescues anyways, and I am aware of the risk I am taking in regards to age/health/soundness, etc. Papers in those cases don't REALLY matter to me. But irks me to no end are people holding papers hostage for more money. Or hanging onto them to try and use for a different horse, which is an age old trick of a lot of low end dealers.


      Originally posted by MsM View Post
      I once owned a QH that "had papers". Except they werent transferred to seller and I was never able to locate owners of record. Didnt really matter as he was a gelding and I wasnt doing QH shows (and before HYPP testing). Always wondered if that was really him...
      I have one of those, too! Supposedly mine was left with Owner's ex-BF's mother to sell. OExBFM gave us a name and a birthdate, that matched up with a horse on All Breed Pedigree - but yeah. I've always wondered.

      I tried contacting previous owners in hopes I could register him, but *crickets*.

      Now, years later, I would probably insist on papers, for all the reasons cited above. And because I'm learning about pedigrees and what QH lines I like and which I don't, so I feel like knowing who the horse is lessens a little bit of the guesswork.

      I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show


        My OTTB has papers but I have never bothered to have them transferred to me. It seems she couldn't care less


          Originally posted by joiedevie99 View Post
          I greatly prefer having papers, tattoo, or microchip - because it can confirm age and breeding. That said, I don't show in breed shows where they are strictly required. I wouldn't walk away from an otherwise perfect horse if it lacked papers - especially it was over the age where I might want to show it in an age restricted class.
          I wouldn't walk away but my offer would definitely be reduced, possibly by quite a lot.


            Originally posted by RubyTuesday View Post

            Depends on how much money is involved. I think most people want papers or at the very least, some idea of pedigree if they're going to spend $$$$$ on a horse.
            This. Most horses I've looked at in the four figure range didn't have papers and I was okay with that.

            I've seen horses for sale in the 10-20k range without papers but I would never consider those. Too much money to not be certain about the horse's age and breed.

            btw, I paid 6k for my QH with papers.
            In memory of Apache, who loved to play.


              I was given a horse who’s papers and passport was missing. I knew he was a German Hanoverian as he had a brand, but no chip. My daughter contacted the German Hanoverian Society and they were able to ID him by DNA testing with hair samples, plus pictures of him and his brand. He ended up being three years older, than we were told, but he had fabulous breeding and a show record in Germany before he was imported. It was nice to have his life history. It was like Ancestry for horses.


                I think it depends on how it happened. If the seller never saw the papers and the horse does his/her job well (like, if the person they bought the horse from was lazy or sketchy) I wouldn't care, as long as I could verify that the horse didn't have any possible genetic issue. For example, I wouldn't buy a QH with lost papers. I would want proof that animal was not a carrier of some pretty nasty genetic issues.

                Now, if the papers were present in some form, but not in the seller's name, I would contact the registry to find the owner listed on the papers. In fact, this happened to me. I bought a registered Morgan from a fool of a man for $250. She was in terrible condition. She was blind in one eye from an untreated injury as well. His name was not on the papers. He claimed to be selling her for his MIL, or something. That poor mare was on her last legs if I didn't take her. I paid the fool, loaded her up and called the registry right away. She was stolen from a lease situation. No charges for anyone, unfortunately, because she had changed hands too many times and the original thieves had a lawyer that claimed she was abandoned property (they had leased the farm and the horse from the owner). All turned out okay. I rehabbed her and she was a nice mare. The owner wasn't in a position to take her back, so they signed her over to me. The registry was fine with that.


                  I purchased my horse "without papers." He is an ISH and I was told his passport was in the hands of the owner, who had moved out of state; I purchased from the horse's trainer, who was representing her as agent. I was unable to reach the owner to get them. I did have his USEF record, which told me what was pertinent for a competition horse, and since he's a gelding and his bloodlines weren't relevant to his value to me, it had no bearing on his sale.

                  I do wish I had them. He is special, and I'd love to know what breeding made him. (Somebody once pointed out to me that crossbreds sold out of Ireland to eventing or foxhunting homes in the US are dime a dozen and that he's as likely to be an unrecorded cross between something half Thoroughbred and the neighbor's cob as he is to be by a son of King of Diamonds, or whatever. I don't particularly care, I'd just love to be able to answer the question of "Where can I get a horse with a brain like that" with a little more than "The Irish agent's first name was Paddy and that's all I know." )
                  "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden


                    With arabs horses are now DNA typed. However, it's not always easy to get papers from the owner on record. Sometimes they are dead, sometimes there was some sort of money issue and they expect you to pay for the papers, and sometimes they don't want anyone know the horse came from them. With arabs, most arab people want papers.


                      While I totally agree that geldings are a breeding dead end, as a breeder, I sure like knowing what happens to horses in my breeding program. My stallion has produced a large number of geldings over the years, so that USDF, USE, or any other performance record of his offspring does matter to me. It is a shame whenever a papered horse is separated from his/her papers.
                      Where Norwegian Fjords Rule


                        I re sell OTTB and most of the time w/ a gelding there are “NO”. JC Paper forwarded with the horse. The lip tattoo is provenance of who he is...Sometime I can not get a Fillies paper..They are only useful if she is sold as a Broodmare for NON-TB breeding or sold art a Breeding stock auction. The AQHA and WB industry is way more conscious about paper work and transfer of ownership then the JC. It used to be a deterrent to prevent a sold TB from being returned too racing..Now they have Not To Race stamp process.


                          Another reason to know your horse’s breeding for sure is genetic problems. Some won’t show up till later in life, so buying an animal whose ID cannot be proven leaves you open to PSSM, HYPP as mentioned before, MH, maybe even shivers and a host of other issues.

                          Since sellers are unused to allowing buyer to genetically tear their horses, and the time it takes to test can result in a horse being sold to someone who doesn’t care, pedigree is important.