This horse is registered, though, and I'm not sure how that works. (I bought a horse over 10 years ago that probably had been registered at one point (he was a tattooed Standardbred), but came to me without papers.) Do the registration papers come with the necessary paperwork for transfer, like car titles do, and we both sign them then I mail them in? Or do I need to download something and have it ready for the seller to sign? I've poked around the AQHA site, but it seems bizarrely unhelpful (describes types of memberships, but not the cost, and talks only about how to register a foal, not transfer a horse that's already registered, for example).
The seller seems to be both on the up-and-up, and organized enough that he probably will have the paperwork in order, but I want to know how it SHOULD work, so I can be prepared just in case.