08-10-2010, 05:32 PM
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First, Arabians aren't sorrel, they're chestnut. Yes, I know it's a matter of the same color being called something else, but if you ever actually get to the point where you're registering her, sorrel is not a color option for the AHA.
Second, whoever bred her will have to sign off on the registration papers, which means both the mare owner and the stallion owner, if they're not the same person.
Third, both of the mare's parents have to be registered and DNA typed in order for the horse to be registered as a purebred. If her mother wasn't registered/DNA typed and her father was, she can't be registered as a purebred, only as a Half Arabian. The same goes if the dam is registered/DNA typed, but not the stallion.
Fourth, if both parents are registered/DNA typed and you can get the signatures from the breeder(s) on the registration papers, it's going to cost you quite a bit of money to register her as a purebred if the mare is over 2 y/o.
From date of birth to 6 months, registration costs are $125.00
From 6 months to one year, registration costs are $140.00
From one year to 2 years old, registration costs are $215.00
Over 2 years old, registration costs are $375.00
Half Arabian registration fees are less of course, but it's still not inexpensive.
Fifth, since you're not the breeder or owner of the dam, you'll have to send in a Transfer for Eligible but Unregistered Foal with the registration application. That's another $15.00 on top of the registration fee.
Sixth, if the mare is over 2 y/o and the AHA denies her registration for whatever reason, you will not be refunded the fees.
Registering with the AHA isn't as easy as with some of the fly-by-night registries. There are quite a few hoops to jump through, quite a bit of money involved, and you have to prove to their satisfaction that the horse is registerable.
It has always annoyed me that breeders don't bother to register their foals when it's the least expensive option, but always give people false hope and say that the animal 'could' be registered.
Well yeah, I 'could' win the lottery too, but it's unlikely!