A home for adopted Appaloosas

With the slaughter ban, challenging economics and an increase in the number of neglected and/or abandoned horses, more and more Appaloosas are being adopted by caring people. These horses are often sent to their new families with no pedigree or registration information. The Appaloosa Horse Club is pleased to be one of the few organizations offering registration to many of these “lost” horses.

Geldings and spayed mares which do not meet normal ApHC pedigree requirements or are of unknown pedigree will be accepted for ApHC registration with full rights and privileges if they otherwise meet the guidelines for Regular (#) registration: coat pattern or mottled skin and one other characteristic.

If you or anyone you know has adopted an Appaloosa, thank you for giving it a home. We can provide a record-keeping home through registration. Forms are available at or contact the Registration Department at ApHC by calling 208.882.5578, extension 300.


  1. Carrie Giannandrea Said,

    August 23, 2008 @ 11:53 am

    What if these rescued horses already have a bona fide pedigree and DNA? What if you know exactly what breeding program they came out of? Isn’t there something the ApHC can do to reunite them with their identity?

    Carrie Giannandrea
    Dances with Horses
    Formula One Farms

  2. Taryn Said,

    August 24, 2008 @ 5:29 am

    Yes! It makes sense to me. More revenue for the association on several points, from registrations, to more horses at shows, more transfers, better value on the horses. I think this is a good step.

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    August 26, 2008 @ 4:19 am

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  4. Kathy Said,

    August 27, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

    I adapted one of those Appys at an auction for $100. A year old colt, with no info. He was very thin, but sweet disposition and bay with loud blanket. I plan on gelding him and will register him. Presently trailer, show halter and trail in hand training. MY question is this – I have seen Show Appys with short 2inch manes and others with up to 4inch manes. What is the correct length to show him in western halter?. He has decent conformation and I’m putting him in his first open show in 2 weeks. Thanks

  5. Steve Said,

    September 9, 2008 @ 7:30 am

    Sorry I forgot to get more feedback on your mane question. I’ll take the middle road position and say that I assume it depends. It depends on the individual horse’s conformation, size, profile, neck shape, etc. Sometimes it depends on whether you can can actually get the darned hair to lay over. By all means, ask other exhibitors or trainers to offer their opinions or advice. Then, of course, there’s the strategy of simply doing what looks best to you.

  6. Steve Said,

    September 9, 2008 @ 10:55 am

    Here is a response from the ApHC Registration Department on the question of rescued horses:

    If the owner did know the pedigree of the horse and have some idea of the age of the horse we can check our records to see if we have a horse registered that may meet the age and description of their horse. Then we can have the owner submit photographs of their horse and we can pull our photos that were submitted at time of registration to see if it is the same horse. If there is any problems identifying the horse through photographs, if we have a DNA on file for the possible horse then the owner could do a DNA test on their horse to see if it matches our horse also.

    For us to transfer a horse that is registered we need the original Certificate of Registration and a transfer report form signed by the last recorded owner. In most cases the horse has been sold several times and no one knows what has happened to the original certificate or if lost, who may have even lost it, plus any signed transfers may have been lost as well. This would leave us unable to transfer the horse to a new owner.

    If a horse has a known pedigree which would meet our bloodline rules and is determined to have not been registered, we will provide a caller the names and addresses for the owners of the sire and dam so that they could contact them in order to try and get the necessary requirements for registration/transfer.

    If recorded owners cannot be located or are unwilling to sign registration/transfer documents then having a “bona fide” pedigree does not help much and would even make hardship registration impossible, since a horse that is already registered can’t be registered again and having a known pedigree brings certain requirements that must be met to register it.

    Hardship registration works well for horses whose owners know nothing about their pedigree and if the horse is a gelding. Most mare owners are unwilling to have them spayed and in some cases we have been told that some vets are unwilling to spay a mare unless there is a health reason. The reason most owners seek to register a mare is because they want to register her foals.

    Let me know if you still have questions.

    Terry Hutton
    Supervisor of Registry Services
    Appaloosa Horse Club
    2720 West Pullman Road
    Moscow, ID 83843
    (208)882-5578 ext. 226
    Fax (208) 882-8150

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