Originally Posted by verona1016
In the US horses aren't passported; if the horse isn't registered with a breed association there is no paper trail on them, and even if they are registered, the paper trail can easily be lost if one owner doesn't agree to include it in the sale. Since breed registries are private organizations, there's no requirement to keep them up to date with current owner information or even notify them if the horse dies. The most likely scenario is that AWS has him in their files with some person from years ago listed as his owner still.
ETA- Sounds like the DNA test is the only real way to identify him. I'm impressed that AWS will do a DNA match- kudos to them!
That`s a shame. But still, shouldn`t they have that people`s, who gave this horse to slaughterhouse, name, phone number etc in their records.?
It just seems a bit unbelievable, that there is a possibility to make DNA testing - does breed associations keep DNA examples on every horse there.? As far as I know DNA testing only works if you have something to compere the sample with.