your horse has a brand or scar, you should submit
photos of these markings as well.
1. Front view: This photograph must
include the whole head, ears, front legs and hooves.
If the horse has a face marking or lower lip snip,
it's important it show in the photograph.
2. Rear view: This photograph must
show the complete rear of the horse including legs
and hooves. Often a horse will have a heel mark on
the back of a leg that won't be noted on the Certificate
of Registration because of inadequate photographs.
3. Right side: This photograph must
include the complete right side of the horse, including
the head, ears, legs and hooves. It's important that
the horse not be standing square - the horse's outside
legs may hide the inside legs.
4. Left side: This photograph must
include the whole left side of the horse, including
the head, ears, legs and hooves. Again, the horse
shouldn't be standing square.
required photographs must show all of the horse,
including its legs and hooves, from each view.
All of the horse's head and ears, as well as
legs and hooves should show in the front view.
In addition to the four required photographs,
the ApHC suggests you always submit photographs of
Appaloosa characteristics that are apparent on your
foal, if any. The burden for proving eligibility of
a particular registration classification lies entirely
with the applicant. In order to receive a registration
classification of Regular, the photographs you submit
must clearly show a visible Appaloosa coat pattern,
or mottled skin and one other characteristic. The
characteristics are explained below:
1. Mottled skin: Mottled skin is different
from pink (flesh-colored or non-pigmented skin), in
that it will normally contain small, round, dark spots
(pigmented skin) within its area. If a horse has mottled
skin it's most likely to be found on the anus, vulva,
udderor sheath. (It isn't found on the penis.) This
means that a person will have to lift the tail of
the horse in order to take a photograph showing mottled
skin on the anus or vulva. You may have to kneel beside
or under the horse in order to get a clear photograph
of mottled skin on the udderor sheath. This can be
tricky and dangerous - be careful not to get kicked!
Many breeds of horses have specks
of flesh colored skin in these regions, and this shouldn't
be confused with mottled skin. Many Appaloosas have
varying amounts of mottled skin on their muzzle, extending
over one or both nostrils and around the upper and
lower lips. All horses have a line on the lips caused
by the contrast of pigmented and non-pigmented skin.
Therefore, you shouldn't separate the lips for signs
of mottled skin.
2. Striped hooves: Some Appaloosas
have bold and clearly defined vertical light and dark
stripes on the hooves. But because many breeds of
horses have striped hooves on legs with white leg
markings, the stripes aren't considered an Appaloosa
breed characteristic unless visible in the absence
of white leg markings.
3. White sclera: A horse is said to
have white sclera when there's white area encircling
the dark or pigmented iris of the eye. It should be
easily seen when the horse is in a relaxed state.
White sclera may be considered an Appaloosa characteristic
when it's not in combination with a bald face. If
your horse has a bald face, the registrar may discount
the white sclera.
It's sometimes hard for people to
understand why the ApHC requires better photographs.
While it may be easy for you to see a recognizable
Appaloosa coat pattern or mottled skin and one other
characteristic, the ApHC registration review committee
only has the photos you submit. After you've developed
some clear, sharp photographs, take an objective second
look at them. View the photographs as though it were
the first time you've ever seen the horse. Can you
clearly see all the leg, face and lower lip markings?
Do the photographs clearly display your horse's Appaloosa
Before submitting the photographs
to the ApHC, please label each one with the dam's
name and registration number, the date foaled, and
the name of the owner or lessee. This helps registration
personnel to properly identify photographs, and it's
especially important if you're registering more than
one foal. Photographs become the property of the
where they're kept on file. They won't be returned.
submit photographs of your horse's Appaloosa
characteristics. This horse displays mottled
skin. Mottled skin is different from non-pigmented
skin in that it contains small dark spots.
hooves are considered an Appaloosa characteristic
only when visible in the absence of white leg
addition to mottled skin, this horse also displays
white sclera in the eye.
The correct form
In an effort to enable breeders to
register their foals early and take advantage of lower
registration fees, the ApHC recently began a pre-printed
registration application program. It works like this:
First, stallion owners submit their Stallion Breeding
Reports to the ApHC. We print information that was
provided us on those reports, onto a pre-printed,
blue registration application. Then, each year, the
ApHC sends the stallion owners a pre-printed, blue
registration application for every mare listed on
the Stallion Breeding Report. The stallion owner is
encouraged to complete the "Owner Of Stallion
At The Time Of Breeding" portion of the Breeder's
Certificate, and forward the pre-printed registration
application to the mare owner for completion.
Many people still submit
old forms with old fees listed on them.
Submitting an old form doesn't mean your
registration will be completed for the old
fee. Instead, your work will remain unprocessed
until the correct fees are collected. (See
current fee schedule.) If you have old forms,
please discard them. To request new forms,
contact the ApHC Customer Service Department
at (208)882-5578, ext. 300. Current forms
will be sent to you free of charge. Forms
can also be downloaded from the downloadable
forms section of the ApHC website.
The current registration application
has six sections, A through F. It's printed on blue
paper and has requests for information on both the
front and the back. It must be completed in ink, or
typed. The ApHC will not accept a faxed copy. Original
signatures must be submitted.
Section A: Foal Name
Name Q & A
Naming your foal is an important part
of the registration process. It's also one of the
more common causes of delay in receiving your foal's
Certificate of Registration.
The name choices submitted can't consist
of more than 20 letters and spaces. Numbers, symbols,
special characters and punctuation can't be used in
name choices, and they can't end in "filly"
or "colt." Names of famous horses or famous
people can't be used, unless the ApHC receives notarized
consent from the famous person. A name that's identical,
or sounds like one currently in use is unacceptable.
For example: He's A Prince, Heza Prince, and He Is
A Prince are all considered the same name because
they sound alike.
In cases where the name choices submitted
can't be used, there will be a delay in registration
while we contact you for new name choices. In order
to avoid this delay, you may authorize the ApHC to
name your horse by checking the appropriate box on
the registration application. We'll attempt to choose
a name you'll like, by using the name choices you
submitted and the pedigree as a guide.
Section B: Foal Information
Don't omit any
information from this section. Along with the date of
birth, and the location of foaling, remember to check
the appropriate box showing the sex of the foal. Also,
if it's a gelding or spayed mare, you must submit the
date gelded or spayed.
If you have a
special problem, an ApHC customer service
representative will be happy to help you. If you are
unsure of your horse's date of birth, when registering
an older horse under the ApHC Hardship Clause, contact
a veterinarian to determine the age for you.
the information regarding the foal's sire
and dam, if you're not using an ApHC pre-printed
registration application, print the name
and registration number clearly. In the
blanks marked "Breed," indicate
the registry that horse belongs to. At least
one of your foal's parents must be an ApHC
registered Appaloosa with a Regular classification.
The other parent may be registered with
the ApHC, American Quarter Horse Association,
Arabian Horse Association, or Jockey Club.
ApHC registered stallions and mares classified
as NC (non-characteristic), CPO (certified
pedigree option), BSO (breeding stock only),
BSN (breeding stock non-characteristic),
ID (identification certificate), or PC (pedigree
certificate) must be bred to an Appaloosa
with Regular classification in order for
the resulting foal to be eligible for ApHC
Section C: Breeder's Certificate
The Breeder's Certificate is a key
document in receiving registration for your foal.
To be valid, the Breeder's Certificate must list the
correct dates of service, the type of breeding, the
name, address and signature of the owner or lessee
of the dam at the time of breeding, and most importantly,
the name, address and signature of the stallion owner
or lessee at the time of breeding. Without proper
signatures, your foal won't be eligible for registration.
The Breeder's Certificate is essentially
a way of protecting the stallion owner in cases of
default of payment on the part of the mare owner.
Likewise, the mare owner should receive a signed stallion
breeding contract for protection against default on
the part of the stallion owner. Any dispute that arises
between the mare owner and the stallion owner is considered
by the ApHC to be a civil matter, and will be left
to civil authorities.
Section D: Foal Identification
When the first side of the registration
application is complete, turn the page over. Now is
your chance to show us your artistic talent.
Check the box you feel best describes
your horse's base color. The Registration Review Committee
will take your color choice into consideration. However,
if the committee feels that the horse is bay in color
according to the photographs submitted, even though
you may have marked buckskin on the application, we
may change the base color to bay. This is only one
reason photographs are so important!
If the horse has a brand, make sure
you fill in the location and draw the brand in the
box. It's very important that a clear photograph of
the brand be submitted with the application. The ApHC
won't note a brand on the Certificate of Registration
if the Review Committee can't see it in the photograph.
If you submit an application saying that you plan
to brand the horse in the future, the ApHC won't note
the brand on the Certificate of Registration.
If your horse has a scar or scars,
make sure you fill in the location(s) and submit clear
photograph(s) of them.
If your horse has blue in one or both
eyes, for identification purposes, the ApHC notes
this fact on the original Certificate of Registration.
Spots of blue in the eye constitute a "partial
blue eye." If the whole eye is blue, then the
horse has a "blue eye" or a "glass
eye." Clear photographs of the blue must be submitted
along with the registration application.
When you draw in the face, lower lip
and leg markings of your horse, it's only necessary
that you draw white markings. For example, if your
horse's lower legs are black, you shouldn't draw in
E: Registration Fee Schedule
to 6th month foal date
to 12th month foal date
to 24th month foal date
to 36th month foal date
When applying for
registration, it's important to allow at least six to
eight weeks for your Certificate to be returned to
you. This time frame varies depending on the time of
year and number of applications the ApHC receives. For
a more exact time frame, contact an ApHC customer
If the shortest
possible processing time is a requirement, the ApHC
offers the following RUSH fees.
1. To have
your work completed in 10 working days,
the cost is an additional $50 per application
for members, $115 per application for non-members.
2. To have
your work completed in 48 hours, the cost
is an additional $100 per application for
members, $165 per application for non-members.
RUSH fees are
non-refundable and non-transferable. If an application
is received in our office and lacks all the
information needed, a customer service representative
will contact you requesting the additional
information. From the date the additional information
is received, the work will be RUSHED through the
important when requesting a RUSH, that you note RUSH
on the outside of the envelope. The RUSH process
begins in the mailroom, and having RUSH on the outside
of the envelope is the only way for employees to know
it's to be rushed.
If you wish for your original
Certificate of Registration to be forwarded
to you by US Postal Express Mail or UPS
Next Day Air, mark the appropriate box on
the registration application and include
the additional payment. Contact the ApHC
office for applicable fee. Fees subject
to change without notice.
Section F: Membership Application
As you can see from
the fee schedule, membership has its benefits when it
comes to saving money on work requested from the ApHC.
By becoming a member of the ApHC, not only will you
receive a reduced rate on registrations and transfers,
but you'll also be eligible to nominate and elect
directors, serve on committees and participate in any
of the many ApHC programs. Members receive a copy of
the Official Handbook of the ApHC along with a decal
and an official ApHC membership card. As an added
bonus, members (except youth and lifetime youth) also
receive issues to the award-winning Appaloosa
Memberships can't be
issued in a ranch or business name. ApHC memberships
are valid from the date of purchase through December
31 of the year purchased. This is important when
submitting work to the ApHC late in the year. It's
sometimes beneficial to hold your work until the next
calendar year. For example, if you're a current year
member, and you wish to register an Appaloosa, the
application must be postmarked on or before December
31 of the current year, in order to have the work done
at the member rate. If we receive your application
postmarked after December 31, and you haven't renewed
your ApHC membership for the next year, there will be
a delay in the processing of your registration unless
you pay non-member rates, or renew your membership.
are not transferable or refundable. The owner of the
horse being registered must be a current year member
for the rates to apply. If you're involved in joint
ownership of a horse, only one owner must be a current
year member for the rates to apply.
membership is valid for the life of the person. It
includes a permanent gold membership card, an honorary
lifetime member jacket, one year complimentary
subscription to Appaloosa Journal, a waiver of
ten-day RUSH fees for registrations and transfers if
the outside of the envelope is marked RUSH, free ApHC
fax services, complimentary entry into all ApHC
socials, and the benefits of a regular individual
membership. These include voting rights, reduced rates
on various club services and the eligibility to apply
for a low-interest rate ApHC Visa. The total cost is
Individual: This membership
is for one person, excluding companies, businesses
ranches, and farms. It includes all privileges of
ApHC membership, including voting rights and a reduced
rate on various club services. An individual membership
includes issues of Appaloosa Journal. The total
cost is $55.
Couple: This membership is
for married couples only. Both parties receive all
privileges of an individual membership and will be
issued a membership number. It includes issues of
Appaloosa Journal. The total cost is $80.
Family: This membership includes
the head of household, spouse and children (if any)
under the age of 18 years as of January 1 of current
year. Each individual over the age of 18 years is
considered a member with all privileges of individual
membership. Each member will be issued a membership
number. Children in this type of membership are given
an ApHC youth membership with all privileges of youth
membership. This membership includes issues of Appaloosa
Journal. The total cost is $95.
Youth: The ApHC youth membership
(AYA) applies to applicants 18 years of age or younger
as of January 1 of current year. Date of birth and
parent or legal guardian signature is required. Married
or divorced individuals are ineligible for a youth
membership. This is a non-voting membership, and it
doesn't include issues of Appaloosa Journal.
The total cost is $10.
One-time youth: This is a great
option for those individuals under the age of 18 as
of January 1 of the current year, who want to avoid
having to renew each year. This membership is valid
through the year the applicant is 18 or under as of
January 1. Date of birth and parent or legal guardian
signature are required. All youth membership privileges
apply. This is a non-voting membership, and it doesn't
include issues of Appaloosa Journal. The total
cost is $75. Apply today and receive a one-time youth
Section G: Credit Card Charges
This section is provided
for customers wishing to pay fees with Visa
or MasterCard. The ApHC doesn't take American
Express or Discover cards. It's important
that you include all of the raised numbers
on your credit card in the space provided.
The ApHC also must have an expiration date,
the cardholder's name, address, phone number
and signature. If information is incomplete
or incorrect, it will cause a delay in the
processing of your registration application.
Section H: Checklist - Did you
This section simply allows you to
double check your registration application. Many of
the errors made on applications could be avoided by
taking the time to make sure the form is completed
in full and all requirements are included.
Completing a registration application
is no small task. An accurate form will eliminate
unnecessary delays in processing, and assures you
the benefits of proper identification and registration
of your horse. If you have any questions or are unsure
how to complete a portion of your application, an
ApHC customer service representative will be happy
to assist you. Call us at (208)882-5578 ext. 300.
TOP TEN REGISTRATION MISTAKES
To avoid making
one or more of the ten most common mistakes, check
your registration application against this list:
Make sure your photographs are clear, and the
horse's markings are identifiable. Include close-ups
of Appaloosa characteristics. Remember, what we see is
what you get!
Don't exceed 20 letters and spaces. Do not use special
characters or punctuation. Send extra selections in
case the ones you want have been used.
Use a current registration application or fee schedule
to determine fees.
If you aren't a current year member, include a
membership application or non-member fees.
to see that the owner of your foal's sire has filed a
Stallion Report, and your mare's name is listed.
Remind owners of non-Appaloosa stallions to file a
Stallion Report as well.
6. Listing fees:
Be sure the required one-time listing fee
has been paid on all non-Appaloosa stallions
and mares. Your foal won't be eligible for
registration until the listing fee has been
paid. One-time listing fee is $50 for members
or $115 for non-members.
7. Breeder's Certificate:
For each mare bred, a Breeder's Certificate must be
completed by the stallion owner. Don't tamper with the
signatures or dates of breeding, as this will
necessitate a new Breeder's Certificate being
8. Signatures: All lines
with an X must contain the proper signatures.
Inadequate or omitted signatures will cause a delay in
the processing of your registration.
9. Transfers: If the foal
is to be registered to anyone other than the breeder,
a completed transfer along with the appropriate fee
must accompany the application. Update transfers on
the dam. Make sure that the date of sale doesn't
interfere with the breeding dates.
Sex of foal:
Check the appropriate box. If gelded or spayed, list
date of surgery.