How To Find Out If A Horse Is Registered?


Have you just purchased a horse, maybe had one given to you or had one for awhile that you want to find out if he/she is registered? Then you have come to the right place as we have gone through the same thing multiple times for different reasons.

Is My Horse Registered?

So how am I to find out if my horse is registered? It will depend on the specific situation but usually the best place to start is from the beginning with the original owner if possible. We have found many times that the horse has either been sold/given away without the original papers. Or even if the papers have gone with the horse they are never signed/transferred over completely so you would have to go back to the original owner as it is. If this is the case and you can track down the owner then a lot of the time your problem can be easily solved because they may have the proper paperwork already or someone they know does.

Horse Standing In Pasture
Horse In Pasture

 

So you don’t have the original owner’s information? It is more then likely still possible to retrieve those papers or at least find out if the horse is registered. At this point I would gather up all the horses information you have.

Now that you have that info I would start by going to All Breed Database at www.allbreedpedigree.com. It is free to search back 5 generations so simply

  • Enter your horse’s name in and do a search using the Standard option.
  • If there are multiple names choose the one with the correct Sire and Dam
  • There you will find info that includes: year horse was born, color, if gelding/colt etc

This info dates back to the 1800’s so if the horse is not in the database it is likely not registered but that is not certain as the upkeep with this database is not always the quickest.

Now you may be questioning whether this is just for Thoroughbreds or a certain breed and that is not the case I thought that when I first visited. For Quarter Horse you can go directly here: https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/american-quarter-horse-free-pedigree-search

All Pedigree covers Arabian, Paint, Quarter Horse, and Thoroughbred.

*If you can’t find on the All Pedigree website go to your horse breeds registry if you just google “Your Horse Breed” registry it should come right up.

Here is a list of some of the major ones we haven’t used them all but we did some quick research:

Morgan: https://www.morganhorse.com/

Appaloosa: https://www.appaloosa.com/

Appendix Quarter Horse www.americanappendix.com

RaceHorses: www.registry.jockeyclub.com/Registry.cfm

For others just google “horse breed” + registry and it should come right up.

*One of our readers sent us a list of Registries we added down to the END OF THE ARTICLE. Thank you for doing that you know who you are.

I have a racehorse but don’t know where to start? Most all racehorses have a tattoo on the inside of their upper lip. We had a track horse which was also an Appendix Quarter Horse that had a tattoo. The identification you can lookup on the Jockey Club website and request information as well. Some basics to the tattoo are if it starts with a letter it is a Thoroughbred and it also explains the year of the horses birth (see below). If it is starts with an asterisk (like ours) it is an Appendix Horse.

Letter with Corresponding Birth Year:

(information originally from Jockey Club)

A: 1997
B: 1998
C: 1999
D: 2000
E: 2001
F: 2002
G: 2003
H: 2004
I: 2005
J: 2006
K: 2007
L: 2008
M: 2009
N: 1984
O: 1985
P: 1986
Q: 1987
R: 1988
S: 1989
T: 1990
U: 1991
V: 1992
W: 1993
X: 1994
Y: 1995
Z: 1996

My Horse Has A Brand?

Research the brand online or you can maybe ask around with somebody knowledgeable on brands like a horse seller. We had a horse that was bought from George Strait so it was a very distinguishable brand, but some others aren’t. It may be hard to track down the ranch for the symbol but worth a shot you never know. From that point you may be able to track down the proper paperwork.

Also going off of this the name of the horse may represent the ranch or location where it came from.

Can you do a DNA Test On A Horse?

Yes you can have a local vet do a DNA test or there are there are mail in ones as well that would probably be cheaper so up to you I would personally have the vet do it since I am not comfortable drawing blood. Giving shots is one thing taking a vial of blood is a whole other level. We may look into this further because there may be kits you can get that make this easier to do on your own.

Hopefully this information helps you and we will update or post another article on other items we find in the future. The information is more accessible then it used to be with the internet but it still can be hit or miss. If you guys have any other resources please let us know.

List Of Registries:

Akhal-Teke
Akhal-Teke Registry of America
www.akhal-teke.org

American Indian Horse

American Indian Horse Registry
www.indianhorse.com

American Warmblood

American Warmblood Registry
www.americanwarmblood.com

American Warmblood Society
www.americanwarmblood.org

Andalusian

International Andalusian Lusitano Horse Association
www.ialha.org

Appaloosa

Appaloosa Horse Club
www.appaloosa.com

International Colored Appaloosa Association
www.icaainc.com

Appaloosa Sport Horse Association
www.apsha.org

Arabian

Arabian Horse Association
www.arabianhorses.org

North American Shagya-Arabian Society
www.shagya.net

The Pyramid Society
www.pyramidsociety.org

Azteca

American Azteca Horse International Association
www.americanazteca.com

Belgian Warmblood

Belgian Warmblood Breeding Association/North American District
www.belgianwarmblood.com

Buckskin

American Buckskin Registry Association
www.americanbuckskin.org

International Buckskin Horse Association
www.ibha.net

Canadian Warmblood

Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association
www.canadianwarmbloods.com

Caspian

Caspian Horse Society of the Americas
www.caspian.org

Champagne Horse

International Champagne Horse Registry
www.ichregistry.com

Cleveland Bay

Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America
www.clevelandbay.org

Clydesdale

CIydesdale Breeders of the USA
www.clydesusa.com

Colorado Ranger

Colorado Ranger Horse Association
www.coloradoranger.com

Connemara Pony

American Connemara Pony Society
www.acps.org

Cream Draft

American Cream Draft Horse Association
www.acdha.org

Curly Horse

American Bashkir Curly Registry
www.abcregistry.org

International Curly Horse Organization/North American Curly Horse Registry
www.curlyhorses.org

Curly Sporthorse International
www.curlysporthorse.org

Dales

Dales Pony Association of North America
www.dalesponies.com

Dartmoor

The Dartmoor Pony Registry of America
www.dartmoorpony.com

Donkeys and Mules

American Donkey and Mule Society
www.lovelongears.com

American Mammoth Jackstock Registry
www.amjr.us

American Council of Spotted Asses
www.spottedass.com

Dutch Warmblood

Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America
www.nawpn.org

Fell Pony

Fell Pony Society and Conservancy of the Americas
www.fellpony.org

Fell Pony Society of North America
www.fpsna.org

Fjord

Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry
www.nfhr.com

Florida Cracker

Florida Cracker Horse Association
www.floridacrackerhorses.com

Friesian

Friesian Horse Association of North America
www.fhana.com

International Friesian Show Horse Association
www.friesianshowhorse.com

Georgian Grande

International Georgian Grande Horse Registry
www.georgiangrande.com

Gypsy Horse

Gypsy Cob & Drum Horse Association
www.gcdha.com

Gypsy Horse Registry of America
www.gypsyhorseregistryofamerica.org

Gypsy Vanner Horse Society
vanners.org

Hackney

American Hackney Horse Society
www.hackneysociety.com

Haflinger

American Haflinger Registry
www.haflingerhorse.com

Hanoverian

American Hanoverian Society
www.hanoverian.org

Holsteiner

American Holsteiner Horse Association
www.holsteiner.com

Horse of the Americas

Horse of the Americas Registry
www.horseoftheamericas.com

Hungarian Horse

Hungarian Horse Association of America
www.hungarianhorses.org

Icelandic Horse

United States Icelandic Horse Congress
www.icelandics.org

Irish Draught

Irish Draught Horse Society, N.A.
www.irishdraught.com

Lipizzan

Lipizzan Association of North America
www.lipizzan.org

United States Lipizzan Registry
www.uslr.org

Lusitano

International Andalusian Lusitano Horse Association
www.ialha.org

Mangalarga Marchador

Mangalarga Marchador
www.usmarchador.com/

Miniature Horse

American Miniature Horse Association
www.amha.org

American Miniature Horse Registry/American Shetland Pony Club
www.shetlandminiature.com

International Miniature Trotting and Pacing Association
www.imtpa.com

Missouri Fox Trotter

Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association
www.mfthba.com

Morab

International Morab Breeders Association
www.morab.com

Purebred Morab Horse Association/Purebred Morab Horse Registry
www.puremorab.com

Morgan

American Morgan Horse Association
www.morganhorse.com

Morgan Sport Horse Breeders Ltd.
www.sportmorgan.com

Lippitt Morgan Breeders’ Association
www.lippittmorganbreedersassociation.com

Morgan Single-Footing Horse Association
www.gaitedmorgans.org/newsite

Mustang

BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Program
www.blm.gov

Kiger Mesteño Association
www.kigermustangs.org

Steens Mountain Kiger Registry
www.kigers.com

American Mustang and Burro Association Inc.
www.ambainc.net

Spanish Mustang Registry Inc.
www.spanishmustang.org

National Show Horse

National Show Horse Registry
www.nshregistry.org

New Forest Pony

New Forest Pony Association & Registry
www.newforestpony.net

Oldenburg

Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society
www.oldenburghorse.com

International Sporthorse Registry and Oldenburg Registry, N.A.
www.isroldenburg.org

Paint

American Paint Horse Association
www.apha.com

Palomino

Palomino Horse Association
www.palominohorseassoc.com

Palomino Horse Breeders of America
www.palominohba.com

Part Bred

American Part-Blooded Horse Registry
www.apbhorseregistry.com

Paso Fino

Paso Fino Horse Association
www.pfha.org

Percheron

Percheron Horse Association of America
www.percheronhorse.org

Peruvian Horse

North American Peruvian Horse Association
www.napha.net

Pinto

Pinto Horse Association of America Inc.
www.pinto.org

Pony of the Americas

Pony of the Americas Club
www.poac.org

Przewalski Horse

Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse
www.treemail.nl/takh

Quarter Horse

American Quarter Horse Association
www.aqha.com

Foundation Quarter Horse Registry
www.fqhrregistry.com

National Foundation Quarter Horse Association
www.nfqha.com

National Quarter Horse Registry
www.nqhr.com

American Appendix Horse Association
www.americanappendix.com

American Quarter Pony Association
www.aqpa.com

Racking Horse

Racking Horse Breeders’ Association of America
www.rackinghorse.com

Rocky Mountain Horse

Mountain Pleasure Horse Association
www.mtn-pleasure-horse.org

Rocky Mountain Horse Association
www.rmhorse.com

Saddlebred

American Saddlebred Horse Association
www.saddlebred.com

Selle Français

les Haras Nationaux
www.haras-nationaux.fr/portail/

Shire

American Shire Horse Association
www.shirehorse.org

Spanish Barb

Spanish Barb Breeders Association
www.spanishbarb.com

Spanish Norman

Spanish-Norman Horse Registry
www.spanish-norman.com

Sport Horse

International Sport Horses of Color
www.shoc.org

Performance Horse Registry
www.phr.com

Spotted Saddle Horse

National Spotted Saddle Horse Association
www.nssha.com

Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association
www.sshbea.org

Standardbred

Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization
www.standardbredhorse.com

United States Trotting Association
www.ustrotting.com

Suffolk

American Suffolk Horse Association
www.suffolkpunch.com

Swedish Warmblood

Swedish Warmblood Association of North America
www.swedishwarmblood.org

Tennessee Walking Horse

Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association
www.twhbea.com

Friends of Sound Horses
www.friendsofsoundhorses.org

Walking Horse Owners’ Association
www.walkinghorseowners.com

Walkaloosa Horse Association
www.walkaloosaregistry.com

Thoroughbred

The Jockey Club
www.jockeyclub.com

Tiger

Tiger Horse Association
www.tigerhorses.org

Trakehner

American Trakehner Association
www.americantrakehner.com

Welara

American Welara Pony Society
www.welararegistry.com

Welsh Pony and Cob

Welsh Pony and Cob Society
www.welshpony.org

 

Danielle

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