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post #1 of 8 Old 07-25-2015, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Renewing the Registery?

I wasn't sure were to put this topic but... Is renewing my horses registery necessary when i don't show her and have no plans to do so? What are the benefits to renewing it? If i don't re registister her will her registery be disposed of?
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-25-2015, 08:59 PM
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I think the only detriment to not renewing is you don't get the benefits of being a member. I would only consider renewing if you intend to show or breed.
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-25-2015, 09:08 PM
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The only real benefits to membership are if you show or breed. We stopped renewing our APHA membership after our last foal was registered since we are no longer breeding. Dropping your membership does NOT affect the registration of your horse.

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-25-2015, 09:43 PM
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Show, breed, buy and sell, the only reasons I have found to belong to a breed organization.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-26-2015, 12:47 AM
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Are you talking about your membership to a registry or keeping your horse's papers up-to-date?

Your membership the others have covered.

Your horse's papers I strongly recommend getting them transferred into your name. It's a fairly painless one time deal, once you have them in your name you never need to do anything again. If you ever decide to sell your horse it will be worth more and have a larger market if it's papers are in order. I went through the process one time where a horse had had 2 previous owners that never bothered to send in the transfer and it was such a PITA that I will no longer entertain the thought of buying a horse whose papers aren't current, I don't care how wonderful said horse is. I know many people who feel the same about it as I do mainly because they've been through it too.

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-26-2015, 08:05 AM
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Fortunately, as long as you have your horse's papers in your name, there is no reason to maintain a membership at that registry unless you want to show at breed shows or breed horses. Your registration papers don't expire.

Having the papers in your name helps safeguard the horse's identity and value if you were to sell and I am one who will never buy a registered horse who's papers are not clean and up to date. Too often I see people selling horses they claim are registered but the papers are lost or stuck in some long gone previous owner's name.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-26-2015, 10:14 AM
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We never did put my first horse's papers in our name, he was 15, I was never going do to high level shows with him, or breed shows with him, he was a gelding, so breeding was obviously not an option, and when we ended up selling him he was just being sold as a trail horse, so there really wasn't an incentive to pay the fee to change his papers to our name. That being said, the first thing I did when I got my Thoroughbred, was change her registration, because I did want to show, and after seeing what a couple of people had to go through when their horses were stolen, I realized the value of having the papers in my name regardless of whether or not I was going to show in any type of show where registration mattered.

We bought an Arabian a few years ago, and she came with all the registration paperwork filled out, but it hadn't been sent in yet. She was a purebred mare with amazing lines, and definitely something worth breeding someday, so I wanted her registered, and since I got her from the breeder I figured no big deal, I'll just send in the paperwork, and the fees (which were doubled by this point as she was now 4 years old), and I'd be done. Unfortunately I ended up finding out that the bill of sale didn't have the right wording, and by then the breeder was having problems with the rest of her horses, and I wasn't about to try and get her to rewrite the bill of sale for a horse she didn't even remember. The person I sold the mare to fortunately has worked extensively with Arabians, and with the breed registry and was able to get her registered finally, but it was a massive headache that would have not existed had her papers been sent in when they should have been, and been kept up to date. Because she wasn't registered yet, the bill of sale needed to state the year she was foaled, her color, and her sire and dam, but the breeder had instead just put the name she wanted the horse to be registered as, and the date of foaling which wasn't enough. So anyways, long story short, definitely keep the papers up to date regardless of whether or not you decide to pay membership dues for yourself.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-10-2015, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much! I probably won't renew it unless i want to sell the horse or register another horse.
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