I have just recently purchased a Quarter Horse and someone had been looking at her registration papers and told me this horse is a valuable horse from her background. How do I find out if this is true?
Hi Steven! There are several things you can do to find out more about the horses in your mare's pedigree.
One is to take her registration papers to your local library and look at a few books about Quarter Horse history and famous Quarter Horses.
Another is to get some copies of the Quarter Horse Journal and look through them. If you don't find any references to horses in your mare's immediate ancestry, you WILL find that there are many private individuals around the country who will do pedigree research for a fee. You'll find those people and their services and prices listed in the Classified Ads in the Quarter Horse Journal, under the heading "Quarter Horse Pedigrees."
My third suggestion is that you contact the QH Registry and ask for advice. Some information may be available through the registry. Write to the AQHA, PO Box 200, Amarillo, TX 79168.
As to how valuable she is -- probably nobody can tell you that. Horses are valuable to different people for different reasons. Someone once said that the answer to "What is a horse worth?" is "Whatever someone is willing to give you for that horse, in cash, today!" and that's probably as good an answer as any. But whether you plan to breed her, show her, or just enjoy riding her, you'll find it interesting to learn about the other horses in her pedigree.
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