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
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 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:

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


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.

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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 Registry of America

American Indian Horse

American Indian Horse Registry

American Warmblood

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

Belgian Warmblood Breeding Association/North American District


American Buckskin Registry Association

International Buckskin Horse Association

Canadian Warmblood

Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association


Caspian Horse Society of the Americas

Champagne Horse

International Champagne Horse Registry

Cleveland Bay

Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America


CIydesdale Breeders of the USA

Colorado Ranger

Colorado Ranger Horse Association

Connemara Pony

American Connemara Pony Society

Cream Draft

American Cream Draft Horse Association

Curly Horse

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

Dutch Warmblood Studbook in North America

Fell Pony

Fell Pony Society and Conservancy of the Americas

Fell Pony Society of North America


Norwegian Fjord Horse Registry

Florida Cracker

Florida Cracker Horse Association


Friesian Horse Association of North America

International Friesian Show Horse Association

Georgian Grande

International Georgian Grande Horse Registry

Gypsy Horse

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

Hungarian Horse Association of America

Icelandic Horse

United States Icelandic Horse Congress

Irish Draught

Irish Draught Horse Society, N.A.


Lipizzan Association of North America

United States Lipizzan Registry


International Andalusian Lusitano Horse Association

Mangalarga Marchador

Mangalarga Marchador

Miniature Horse

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

Part Bred

American Part-Blooded Horse Registry

Paso Fino

Paso Fino Horse Association


Percheron Horse Association of America

Peruvian Horse

North American Peruvian Horse Association


Pinto Horse Association of America Inc.

Pony of the Americas

Pony of the Americas Club

Przewalski Horse

Foundation for the Preservation and Protection of the Przewalski Horse

Quarter 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

Racking Horse Breeders’ Association of America

Rocky Mountain Horse

Mountain Pleasure Horse Association

Rocky Mountain Horse Association


American Saddlebred Horse Association

Selle Français

les Haras Nationaux


American Shire Horse Association

Spanish Barb

Spanish Barb Breeders Association

Spanish Norman

Spanish-Norman Horse Registry

Sport Horse

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

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



I have owned over 50 horses and currently own a small horse farm with 8 horses. I have competed on and off for over 25 years while doing mostly trail riding and cow sorting these days. I write these articles to help anyone out there if you love this article pin it to your Pinterest or Share on other social media platform. Thanks for visiting.

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