Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Are Registration Papers Important When He's a Gelding?

Maybe, maybe not, right? I can't breed him. I am sure enough he doesn't come from any famous bloodline that I'd wager on it. He will never be sold so I don't need the papers to make him look fancy.

Yet I have been emailing the American Warmblood Society and trying to get his AWS papers since I first posted about my figuring out his early origins here: OMG I Found Him!

I know many of you thought it best I don't stir the pot so to speak but I want his papers. It's like I want his identity to belong to him again and be safe with me. As of today I am the closest I have ever been to getting them. It may take another month or two after I submit paperwork to them and my finger's crossed but it's happening! And I have to add, the AWS Team has been really great in trying to do this for me considering the missing pieces of Joey's past.

I love this horse so much. He's had two months of just chillin' (literally) in this cold snowy winter yet on the days when it's been thawed out and nice enough for me to ride, all he needs is a 10 minute twirl on the lunge line to assess his mood (which is usually quiet or needing one lap around with a snort and his tail up) and we're good to go for an obedient light walk/trot ride.

And he gives horsey kisses now, too. If I blow gently in his nostril, he wiggles his lips and then proceeds to horsey smooch my face until I laugh. No teeth, all gentle. He'll even do it if I make kissy noises at the opening in his stall where the feed is poured into his bucket, he'll walk over and smooch my cheek through the opening.

Still a match made in heaven.

10 comments:

Promise said...

I'm so glad you two found each other. :)

English Rider said...

If his papers are out there, I understand you wanting them. Either way you are so smitten by each other, it's very sweet.

Jean said...

You make me smile every time I read a post about Joey. I am so happy for you both.

I understand about the papers. They really have no purpose for a gelding unless there are some kind of breed awards you might want to try to qualify for. But, it would be so great to have them so you have concrete evidence of his heritage.

Give him a kiss from me!!

K.K. said...

I can understand why you want them. I had my first gelding's papers and always wanted my OTTB's papers but never really went after getting them. My hubby always said "You can't ride papers" but I think the main reason having them for my first horse was so important because they had my name on them. I was young and didn't have anything of value that official belonged to me. Those papers proved that something did. Stupid I know...

Kelly said...

What an awesome guy! So glad he is all yours :)

C-ingspots said...

Isn't that exactly what we're all looking for in a horse? Joey and you are a perfect match. Your relationship will only continue to build and get better as your trust continues to grow. :) *happy for you and Joey*

Cindy D. said...

New to your blog, but totaly understand where you are coming from. My paint is just a ranch bred horse, but is so pretty I just know he had to be registered. I just know. I have spent countless hours back tracking his ownership trying to find who bred him. Everyone says, "Why?" He's a gelding, I cannot breed him. But for me, I just want to know. I want to know where he comes from. I have proof of ownership in brand inspection papers, but it isn't the same.

I understand you! :)

Dom said...

I think if you can get the papers, it doesn't hurt to try! Who cares if he's a gelding? If the papers make you happy, that's all that matters. I have Dancer's papers, and he's a gelding who didn't do anything at the track.

Madeline C. said...

I remember wanting my OTTBs papers and I could've bought them but for some reason, I was 14 at the time, they cost way too much money. It got the point where it didn't matter to me because A) I knew he was not a fantastic racer and B) he was mine. With this new guy that I have, I *google* every day. The first time I found him on the internet there was a picture posted on a hunt seat horse sale website and my reaction was, "That's not... THAT'S MY PONY!" Coolest feeling ever. :) Good luck!

SheMovedtoTexas said...

I agree, it's fun to have all the info possible on your horse!