There is no better way to ensure the value of your Appaloosa than to register it with the Appaloosa Horse Association - New Zealand's official breed registry.
An Appaloosa registration certificate acts as an identification card giving proof of appearance, brands, age, parentage and compliance to breed standards. This means that when you buy a registered horse, you can be sure that it:
a) is the age the seller claims that it is
b) is the horse the seller claims that it is
c) has achieved what the seller claims that it has
d) can compete in any event, whether open or closed breed
e) can be used to breed registered offspring
f) is not stolen, and the seller is authorised to sell it
In the equine world, those guarantees can be very important! So, if you have the choice between a registered horse and one whose history is unknown... which would you choose?
To draw a parallel - you wouldn't purchase a car without papers, and you would have trouble selling one without papers...so, register your horses, and ask for proof of registration when buying. It's not expensive, or difficult.
Get a copy of the ApHANZ Handbook your ultimate reference guide when reviewing a horse's eligibility for registration. This book is free to new members, or can be ordered from the ApHANZ office. Purchasing it is easy; just send a cheque for $10 and a note asking for the Handbook, remember in include your postal address.
How to register your Appaloosa
Appaloosas are Progeny Recorded (ProgenyRecording form) after birth, and fully Adult Registered (AdultRegistration form) after the age of 2 years, this is a two stage registration process because they can chance colouring significantly from the time they are born, thus ensuring their permanent Adult Registration will be an accurate identification of your horse. Registered Appaloosas must have achieved the height of at least 14 hh by the age of 5 years.
If your Appaloosa is under the age of 2 years, use the ProgenyRecording form. If it is 2 years or older, use the AdultRegistration form. When adult registering your Appaloosa, choose from these categories of registration:
- Permanent registration: horses which display sufficient Appaloosa characteristics and coat markings. Such horses have full showing rights.
- Breeding Stock: mares or stallions with no Appaloosa characteristics, but with parentage qualifying them for registration.
- Solid Gelding - geldings with no Appaloosa characteristics, but with parentage qualifying them for registration.
If registering an adult Appaloosa that has not been progeny registered, please contact us to negotiate any tricky obstacles.
Filling out the forms
A registration certificate is an official document so it's important that it is filled out truthfully, accurately and completely. Remember, this document increases the value of your horse but it's value stands only if it is absolutely accurate!
When completing and submitting your Progeny Recording or Adult Registration please ensure you have done and included the following:
- Please print clearly
- Complete all sections, including pedigree and markings - if you need help contact the office
- Breeding Certificate or Progeny Recording Certificate
- Clear, good quality photographs, showing all four legs and face markings. Photos should be 7 X 11 cm
- Payment of the applicable fees
When Progeny Recording, it is recommended that the foal be branded, DNA'd or Whorl Mapped for identification purposes by this time.
One of the most tricky aspects is accurate identification of your Appaloosa's colour and coat pattern, so to help out, we have examples for you to refer to. Remember, accurate recording each of your horse's markings is vital!
Progeny Recording Application must be accompanied by (among other things) four (4) photographs of foal with dam, two of each side, clearly showing head and leg markings. Each photo should be 7 x 11 cm.
Adult Registration Application must be accompanied by (among other things) four (4) photographs, two of each side, clearly showing head and leg markings. Each photo should be 7 x 11 cm.
Choose from the following base colours to describe your Appaloosa:
Bay vs. brown: bay horses have dark points on their knees and hocks and a black mane and tail, brown horses have a much darker body and display less contrast between body colour and points (legs, mane, tail), some may even appear black, but if they do but have brown hair around the muzzle then they are brown.
Dun vs. buckskin: dun horses have a dark dorsal stripe along their spine and often have stripes on their legs and forequarters.
Choose from the following coat pattern to describe your Appaloosa:
- Roan: A mixture of white and dark hairs, sometimes displaying a lighter area on the forehead, over the back, loin and hips with darker areas on the frontal bones of the face, legs, stifle, above the eye, point of hip and behind the elbow.
- Roan blanket: A mixture of white and dark hairs over a portion of the body, normally, but not limited to, the hip area.
- Solid: base colour other than white with no contrasting colour in the form of an Appaloosa coat patterns
- Leopard: A white horse with dark spots over the entire body.
- Blanket: A solid white area normally over, but not limited to, the hips with a contrasting base colour.
- Spots: White or dark spots over some, or all, of its body.
- Roan blanket with spots: A mixture of white and dark hairs, sometimes displaying a lighter area on the forehead, over the back, loin and hips with darker areas on the frontal bones of the face, legs, stifle, above the eye, point of hip and behind the elbow. With a white area, normally over, but not limited to, the hips with dark spots located within the white.
- Blanket with spots: A white area, normally over, but not limited to, the hips with dark spots located within the white.
Indicate whether your Appaloosa has white sclera in the left and right eyes. Sclera is an area of white surrounding the eye. It should be clearly visible, and is not to be mistaken with white visible should the eye be rolled or stretched wide open.
Indicate whether your Appaloosa has vertical stripes on its hooves, for each hoof. These are alternating dark and white stripes on hooves on legs which do not have white leg markings.
Indicate whether your Appaloosa has mottled/speckled skin on its muzzle, around its eyes and/or genitals.
Choose from the following to indicate how far up your Appaloosa's legs white markings exist, for each leg:
- Heel: a white marking across the entire heel or just on one side.
- Coronet: the first 2.5 centimetres above the hoof, extending all the way around the foot and including the heel.
- Pastern: extends from the top of the hoof to the bottom of the fetlock joint.
- Fetlock: extends from the top of the hoof to the top of the fetlock joint.
- Half-stocking: extends from the top of the hoof to the midway point of the cannon bone.
- Stocking: covers the leg extending from the top of the hoof to any point above the knee or hock.
- Star: on the forehead, in the area above the eyes. If there are two white marks on the forehead, the most distinct is referred to as a star, while the other is simply a white mark, referenced in location to the star.
- Stripe: a vertical marking below eye level and above the nostrils.
- Snip: below the nostrils, down to and including the lower lip.
- Blaze: a combination of all the above, beginning above the eyes and ending below the nostrils.
- Bald face: a large blaze extending outside the eyes, covering the width of the bridge of the nose and over the entire muzzle.