your horse has a brand or scar, you
should submit photos of these markings
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
four 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 characteristics?
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 ApHC, 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 markings.
addition to mottled skin, this horse
also displays white sclera in the
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
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
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
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 black
Section E: Registration
Date to 6th month foal date
month to 12th month foal date
month to 24th month foal date
month and thereafter
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
2. To have
your work completed in 48 hours, the cost
is an additional $100 per application for
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 registration process.
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
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 Journal.
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 $600.
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 $60.
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 $105.
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 $120.
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
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 $100. Apply today and
receive a one-time youth cap!
Section G: Credit Card
This section is provided
for customers wishing to pay fees with Visa,
Discover or MasterCard. The ApHC does not
accept American Express. 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 remember:
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
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.
Stallion Report: Check
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 $75 for 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 submitted.
All lines with an X must contain the proper
signatures. Inadequate or omitted signatures
will cause a delay in the processing of
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.