Poor Pony

So as you all know I was super excited that Phoenix got accepted into a breed registry and that we were going out recognized this year. In fact, I was so excited that I went ahead and also registered him with USDF and USEF. Now, the bad news is…Phoenix was not officially registered with the breed association. I got an e-mail this weekend explaining that I need to provide breeder information. Ummm…The whole point of me joining this particular organization was because they were a color based breed organization not all caught up on lineage. I mean, it is not like spots just fell out of the sky and landed on Phoenix! Clearly he has some color in there somewhere. Phoenix was rescued at 4 days old from people who bred him to KILL him. Something tells me that they might not have taken meticulous breeding notes. Not only that, but even if I knew there information, which I do not, I would NEVER put it down on anything that would give them any sort of positive light. These people are involved in a horrible practice and I would never want thier name associated with any good in the horse world. The only good thing they did was hand Phoenix over to the LCC!

So after explaining the situation to them in the mail they sent back an e-mail that said okay, I just need to turn over a bill of sale from the LCC. That way they can trace it back to the breeders. Ummm…he was RESCUED. If a rescue sells a horse to you for lots of money chances are you are not working with a very good rescue. And adoption papers? Phoenix was one of several foals adopted at the same time 6 years ago. He had no name at the time and he was just one of the Appys. And still, how is any of this going to help them get breeder information? Head palm, head palm, head palm. It is not like I am going for any sort of breeder award. I want to go for a breed award. My rescued TB Gennyral came complete with a Tattoo, a registered name, and generations of pedigree. Phoenix came with spots…shouldn’t that be good enough?

Not only that, but I ran into another issue when I was registering Phoenix with USEF. When you register a horse you MUST fill out sire and dam information. It will not let you complete the form without. I know because I tried and all I got was that annoying ding and a pop up saying I needed to fill out the sire and dam information. Again, what does breeding have to do with anything if I am not going for some sort of breeder award? Why does it matter that my Fat Spotted Pony is a Bastard? I shouldn’t. I mean, I know that most people do not try and show rescued horses at this level (and I am starting to figure out why) but do parents really matter in a dressage competition? Poor Phoenix is never going to be able to get over his issues with a world that treats him like less of a horse because he was unwanted as a baby. I was finally able to put his USEF registration through by typing “Unknown” in both the Sire and Dam sections. It was just frustrating.

I am hoping to get all this registration stuff straightened out soon. I had wanted to enter for our very first USDF show as soon as I got Phoenix’s coggins back. I am debating about whether or not to just enter and hope the Appy stuff works out soon. Why must something so stupid be so hard? I figure worse case scenario I can just have someone write up papers for me. Heck, at this point I am getting frustrated enough that I might just make up fake parents for Phoenix. Clearly they would rather have a lie that fits in a mold then the truth that isn’t the norm.