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.
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:
Appendix Quarter Horse www.americanappendix.com
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)
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 Registry of America
American Indian Horse
American Indian Horse Registry
American Warmblood Registry
American Warmblood Society
International Andalusian Lusitano Horse Association
Appaloosa Horse Club
International Colored Appaloosa Association
Appaloosa Sport Horse Association
Arabian Horse Association
North American Shagya-Arabian Society
The Pyramid Society
American Azteca Horse International Association
Belgian Warmblood Breeding Association/North American District
American Buckskin Registry Association
International Buckskin Horse Association
Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association
Caspian Horse Society of the Americas
International Champagne Horse Registry
Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America
CIydesdale Breeders of the USA
Colorado Ranger Horse Association
American Connemara Pony Society
American Cream Draft Horse Association
American Bashkir Curly Registry
International Curly Horse Organization/North American Curly Horse Registry
Curly Sporthorse International
Dales Pony Association of North America
The Dartmoor Pony Registry of America
Donkeys and Mules
American Donkey and Mule Society
American Mammoth Jackstock Registry
American Council of Spotted Asses
Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America
Fell Pony Society and Conservancy of the Americas
Fell Pony Society of North America
Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry
Florida Cracker Horse Association
Friesian Horse Association of North America
International Friesian Show Horse Association
International Georgian Grande Horse Registry
Gypsy Cob & Drum Horse Association
Gypsy Horse Registry of America
Gypsy Vanner Horse Society
American Hackney Horse Society
American Haflinger Registry
American Hanoverian Society
American Holsteiner Horse Association
Horse of the Americas
Horse of the Americas Registry
Hungarian Horse Association of America
United States Icelandic Horse Congress
Irish Draught Horse Society, N.A.
Lipizzan Association of North America
United States Lipizzan Registry
International Andalusian Lusitano Horse Association
American Miniature Horse Association
American Miniature Horse Registry/American Shetland Pony Club
International Miniature Trotting and Pacing Association
Missouri Fox Trotter
Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association
International Morab Breeders Association
Purebred Morab Horse Association/Purebred Morab Horse Registry
American Morgan Horse Association
Morgan Sport Horse Breeders Ltd.
Lippitt Morgan Breeders’ Association
Morgan Single-Footing Horse Association
BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Program
Kiger Mesteño Association
Steens Mountain Kiger Registry
American Mustang and Burro Association Inc.
Spanish Mustang Registry Inc.
National Show Horse
National Show Horse Registry
New Forest Pony
New Forest Pony Association & Registry
Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society
International Sporthorse Registry and Oldenburg Registry, N.A.
American Paint Horse Association
Palomino Horse Association
Palomino Horse Breeders of America
American Part-Blooded Horse Registry
Paso Fino Horse Association
Percheron Horse Association of America
North American Peruvian Horse Association
Pinto Horse Association of America Inc.
Pony of the Americas
Pony of the Americas Club
Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse
American Quarter Horse Association
Foundation Quarter Horse Registry
National Foundation Quarter Horse Association
National Quarter Horse Registry
American Appendix Horse Association
American Quarter Pony Association
Racking Horse Breeders’ Association of America
Rocky Mountain Horse
Mountain Pleasure Horse Association
Rocky Mountain Horse Association
American Saddlebred Horse Association
les Haras Nationaux
American Shire Horse Association
Spanish Barb Breeders Association
Spanish-Norman Horse Registry
International Sport Horses of Color
Performance Horse Registry
Spotted Saddle Horse
National Spotted Saddle Horse Association
Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association
Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization
United States Trotting Association
American Suffolk Horse Association
Swedish Warmblood Association of North America
Tennessee Walking Horse
Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association
Friends of Sound Horses
Walking Horse Owners’ Association
Walkaloosa Horse Association
The Jockey Club
Tiger Horse Association
American Trakehner Association
American Welara Pony Society
Welsh Pony and Cob
Welsh Pony and Cob Society