I'm sure all of y'all have seen the commercials for ancestry.com where you can research your family tree back generations and generations. Well, if you've got a fancy schmancy horse, you can do that too.
(Our friend Lance riding Illusion last winter. She's so pretty with a rider)
I belong to a group on facebook for milspouses who own horses. There aren't too many of us in it (around 50), but it's a great forum for advice. There are some really knowledgeable ladies on there. I've never been too concerned with Illusions lineage, even though we were told she came from champion bloodlines (for dressage) when we picked her up at the rescue for the whopping price of $0. Well, curiosity got the best of me, and Illusion is apparently a pretty big deal for those that are into the whole dressage/hunter type competitions (aka they do their manes all silly, dress them up pretty, and jump them over things. lol)
She's the proud momma of SEVEN offspring that sold for thousands of dollars each.
(Some of her "grandbabies")
Her sire (father), Ceylon 454, is apparently a pretty popular stud in the Swedish Warmblood circles. If you google him, you'll find out his little swimmers were a prized commodity. lol.
I've even found pictures of some of the sires in her bloodlines that run back to the early 1900's/mid-to-late 1800's. It was actually pretty nifty.
(My Pet II-1904)