Appaloosa Horse Club Conducts Facility Inspections

In an effort to assist Appaloosa Horse Club breeders with updating equine records, and to alleviate member concerns that Appaloosa foaling dates may be being reported incorrectly, in late December, the ApHC sent contracted representatives to inspect four breeding facilities. The representatives visited randomly chosen farms in four states. We are pleased to report that all facility owners were very cooperative and receptive to the inspection, and all breeding and foaling practices were found to be within ApHC rules and regulations.


  1. Christine Ruby Said,

    January 14, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

    We were one of the facility’s inspected the day after Christmas. Due to all the rumors in the past of my babies being so big, that they were early babies, I was pleased to see the ApHC there at my doorstep to do the inspection. I was not able to come home from work that day to meet the inspector. He was given permission to walk around the barns and do whatever he needed to do. The only disappointment was when I got home to look at the list of horses that I owned, there were 19 horses on the list that were sold and never transferred. None of my AQHA mares that were listed on my ApHC stallion report were listed anywhere on the papers that were given to me. Thank you ApHC, now you can be my “PROOF” that none of my babies were early.

  2. Steve Said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 11:25 am

    And we do appreciate your understanding and cooperation. One of our goals truly was to update our records and check for errors. The transfer issue is an obvious concern for all of us, since it reflects what is or is not going on in the industry. Some of us would like to make it easier for the seller to complete the transfer at the time of sale.

  3. L Blake Said,

    January 15, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

    I too have discovered recently that several horses that I have bred and sold were never transferred. It is not only discouraging that all of our hard work in breeding has been lost, but, the breed has basically “lost” these horses. The Paint Club prints the transfer on the back side of the registration so that transfers are not lost by having the horse change hands several times without having transfers completed. This makes sense in several respects. The Paint club has a better chance of collecting those important transfer fees and it helps prospective buyers know that the person selling the horse is actually the person listed on the papers or on the transfer on the back. In addition, it makes it more difficult to “loose” those horses when they are sold. This might be something our club needs to consider in the future? It would require reprinting the papers every time the horse changes hands, but, it seems to me it would be worth it to retain these horses within the club.

  4. Pam Said,

    January 18, 2008 @ 9:55 am

    There’s an even easier answer . . . when I bought my last Appaloosa, the breeder included the transfer form with his portion filled out, and he also enclosed a check, made payable to the national club, for the transfer fees.

    All I had to do was add my information and mail everything in. Just think, if everyone who sold a horse did that . . . it might even encourage those purchasers who weren’t members of the ApHC to become members.

  5. L Blake Said,

    January 21, 2008 @ 5:22 am

    Paying for the transfer doesn’t ensure that the buyer will actually mail it in and it does nothing for the next transfer. Typically the inital purchaser will do the transfer…it’s the second or third transfer that doesn’t get done. In addition, many horses are sold at auction. Unless the auction house collects the transfer fee and sends in the forms, there is no guarantee the transfer will get done. Putting the transfer on the back of the registration ensures the transfer has to be done EVERY time a transfer actually occurs. A potential buyer and the ApHC should be able to tell if the person selling the horse is actually the current owner. The Club won’t miss out on all of the transfers that have occured prior. It is very common for horses sold at auction to be resold multiple times without the transfers being completed. Somewhere along the line the transfer form signed by at the time of the auction is separated or lost from the registration and viola…you have a horse that is “lost”.

  6. L Blake Said,

    January 21, 2008 @ 5:31 am

    As an example of how the transfer being on the back of the registration can help the club collect fees that are otherwise lost, I just purchased a Paint mare and then resold her within a couple of weeks. If the transfer had not been on the back of the registration form, the Paint club would have only collected on 1 transfer because I didn’t have time to get the transfer done before I resold the mare. Because the transfer to me was written on the back of the registration, I was forced to fill out a separate transfer form. Therefore, the club collected on both transfers, not just one.

  7. Taryn Said,

    February 2, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

    L Blake, you make some very good points , but what is to be done about purchasers who just don’t bother to transfer, or the new owner doesn’t get the papers for whatever reason? It seems to be a huge problem with first time buyers especially. What I’ve heard most frequently is “We’re not going to show so why have papers?”. Anyone have any ideas?

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