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I don't know why owners don't register their babies immediately... it is so important to the future of the babies, and is so much less expensive. I went to register my new yearling filly who was sold with a registration application, and was very happy I looked into it immediately.

I found out that because she is APHA and her mom is a quarter horse, I also needed a copy of mom's AQHA papers and pictures of both sides of the mare... luckily her breeder was able to give me a copy of her papers, and I was able to get pictures as well (I actually jumped the fence and took pictures with my phone, because the breeder didn't believe that APHA registration needed it, despite me talking to the registration dept twice to confirm...

The mare is 23 years old, and was scheduled to go to a sale last weekend, but the owner got sick... so it was extremely lucky that I didn't wait until spring, when my filly has gained some weight and looks better, as it is likely the mom and her papers would be gone, and my little filly would be unable to be registered APHA.

So, I submitted all the paperwork today, including several pictures of a very scruffy yearling, paid double what it would have cost if she would have been registered her weanling year, and have my fingers crossed that there will be no more surprises.

My first choice for her name is 'A Little bit of faith ' , so I am taking that to heart until I have her papers in hand:)
 

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Unfortunately there are many irresponsible breeders that don't want to spend the extra $20-$40 bucks to register the foal.

Glad to hear you got all the information that you needed to register though...
 

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The most irritating experience I had with someone not registering a foal was back in 2004. Went with my mom to see a filly she was looking at buying. The seller was the second owner, bought her the year before as a weanling. Advertised her as a purebred registered quarter horse. She was a well made little 1 1/2 year old and sweet as honey. My mom decided to buy her, when my mom gave her the check and we loaded the filly into the trailer, the owner handed the registration application. My mom wasn't thrilled but thought she could register the filly herself. Well, the papers weren't filled out properly by the original owner, the girl who had bought the filly as a weanling couldn't get him to sign them. And as it turns out, it didn't really matter anyway. Apparently the guy that had applied for her registration wasn't ever a registered owner of the dam! Ugh! AQHA told me that he would have to have the dam transferred to him as the owner at the time of foaling in order to have the filly registered and the address that they had on file for the guy was a bad address, so there was no way to contact him to sign or have papers transferred. And on top of that, the dam had transferred more than three times on record from the time of breeding to when she foaled. So my mom ended up with a beautiful, gentle mare that is now a grade. When she sold her as a nine year old, multiple quarter horse breeders asked if she was registered (even though it was plainly stated in the ads that she wasn't) and would have bought her if she was. But, she did find a wonderful home that didn't need a registered horse, just a gentle riding companion.

I think some breeders have it in their heads that they can just give the registration application to a buyer so they can pick their horse's name (and pay the higher registration price)

Now that my mom has two bred mares, she is going to be registering the foals before they are 6 months old. So much cheaper at that age, and I already know what the name will be if her arab has a colt :D

Too many don't realize the value that papers can have, proving ownership, the age, their bloodlines, seeing which horses may need to be tested for particular genetic diseases. Also knowing that you aren't breeding brothers and sisters unintentionally (previous owner of my mom's stallion turned down people who wanted to breed his half sisters to him)

Hope you don't get anymore surprises. When she is registered, you should add her to allbreedpedigree with her information :D
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It sure opened my eyes... I will be very wary of ever buying another foal on a registration application again, your mom's experience is exactly what I was terrified of when I called the APHA and found that I didn't have everything I needed... just praying there are no further surprises...

Like your mom, the breeders certificate listed a different owner for the mare, but luckily the mares papers were updated to the breeder and she also owned the stud, I was able to correct the mare owner information on the certificate.

I am glad your mom was able to find a great home for your mare, for me papers are important because we show, so grade doesn't work for our purposes... now its a waiting game to see if we got everything we needed...:-|
 

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I have a very well bred for barrel racing grade yearling :) both his parents are Appendix QH, to be registered one parents needs to get their ROM points. Meh if only his breeders looked into that. But I got a nice horse for dirt cheap, with papers he would be unaffordale for me. I can register him though if the stud gets his points, so I'm praying he will.
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