Breeding an Appaloosa


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When you breed an Appaloosa foal, foaling time as exciting as it is anxious! What colour will it be? What coat pattern will it have? How many characteristics will it show?  Will it colour out? All that in addition to the anticipation of whether the parents have successfully passed on all the desirable qualities that made you choose them in the first place.  After that, how could you go back to any other breed?

When plannning your next Appaloosa foal, to make sure that the offspring of the mare and the stallion you use will be eligible for registration with the Appaloosa Horse Association of NZ, you need to ensure both future parents are registered.

Registration markedly increases the value of your horse as it represents documented parentage, proof of age and traceable owners, taking some of the guesswork out of a guessing business!

To check on the Appaloosa stallion’s eligibility, check that he is included in our list of Registered and Classified Stallions (stallion owners – please ensure your filing with the office is up-to-date to ensure your stallion is listed).  If using a stallion who is not a Registered and Classified Appaloosa, double check registration eligibility with our office before going ahead. We’re always happy to answer your questions in advance to save disappointment later – we want to make your Appaloosa breeding experience as successful as possible.

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DNA, AI, Embryo Transfer Rules

Rule 12 of the Breed Handbook; DNA & Whorl Mapping

  • 1.  DAN and Whorl mapping is now acceptable instead of branding.  A DNA envelope is obtainable from the office for members: current fees will be charged.
  • 2.  If DNA and Whorl Mapped, the horses registration papers must be produced at all shows for Identification purposes.

Rule 27 of the Breed Handbook; Artificial Insemination (AI)No-19

  • 1.  AI is allowed, using transported semen, fresh, chilled or frozen.
  • 2.  Stallions must be bold typed or DNA tested at the start of the first breeding season if AI is to be used.  Mares must be bold typed or DNA tested prior to the birth of the first foal conceived by AI.
  • 3.  All foals born must be blood typed or DNA tested before registration to verify parentage.  The foal owner will provide verification of parentage with the application.
  • 4.  A qualified Vet or certified AI technician must carry out all procedures.
  • 5.  Imported semen will be allowed if all ApHANZ registration and AI rules are complied with.
  • 6.  An AI form is available from the Office.  A properly completed stallion return must be filed with ApHANZ clearly showing the mare was AI’d.

Rule 28 of the Breed Handbook; Embryo Transfer (ET)

  • 1.  From the date an embryo is transferred to a recipient mare, until its birth, only one embryo may be transferred from the Appaloosa donor mare, providing that the transfer is successful.  Should the transfer prove unsuccessful for any cause, another embryo may then be transferred from the donor mare.  This cycle may be repeated, however no more than one (1) recipient mare may be in foal at any one time from one Appaloosa donor mare.
  • 2. In regard to a horse foaled by a mare which is not it’s genetic dam, but transferred to her by ET, only one genetic offspring a year shall be eligible for registration unless both foals are the result of the fertilisation of one ovum and both foals are carried by one recipient mare following a single implantation.
  • 3.  In addition to other ApHANZ registration rules, the offspring shall not be eligible for registration unless the following requirements are met:
  •      a)  The donor mare must be registered with ApHANZ.
  •      b)  The foal, donor mare and sire must have their pedigrees verified by blood or DNA testing.
  •      c)  The results of the blood type or DNA tests must be on file with ApHANZ no later that the time of breeding.
  •      d)  A fully qualified Vet must carry out all procedures.
  •      e)  The foal’s pedigree may be subject to other such testing, at the ApHANZ deems necessary.
  •      f)  The burden of verifying true parentage is on the registration applicant’s.
  • 4.  When ET produces a foal, that fact will be recorded on the foal’s Certificate of Registration
  • 5.  Applications for progeny recording must include a photo of the donor mare as will as the recipient mare and foal.


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