Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
No equiniphile, it's so that nobody takes the mares and then breeds them.
The AHA is all about DNA typing and keeping the Arabian breed pure, and if you have an unpapered animal the resulting foal can't be registered as a purebred.
If all the horses are registered the AHA should have their DNA on file, but it'll take a lot of time and money getting hardship replacement papers, and that's only if the adoptee knows the horse's actual, registered name.
Besides, I'd think since these horses will be considered rescues and adopted out, the people who get them won't ever actually own them. Even if DEFHR turns over ownership to them at some point, I'm sure it'll be with a stipulation that the animal can't be bred or it's forfeited back to the rescue.
I think many of these animals would make fine show horses, but without their papers they're unable to be shown at Arabian breed shows.
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