Breeding: Appaloosa and Aphc Essay

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Deciding to stand a horse at stud brings numerous inherent responsibilities to the stallion owner, so why does the Appaloosa Horse Club add to these responsibilities by requiring an annual Stallion Breeding Report to be filed?

Prior to your stallion's resulting foals being eligible for registration, the ApHC requires stallion owners to provide the ApHC with documentation of all breedings. The Stallion Breeding Report is the stallion owner's method of recording and reporting all mares that were exposed to the stallion during the breeding season.

By submitting this report to the ApHC, stallion owners enable the ApHC to monitor the health of our breed, providing statistics regarding likely activity for the coming year. Stallions have a tremendous impact on the breed. One popular stallion can cover numerous mares in a breeding season, but a mare can only have one foal per year. With this potential for domination and a stallion's capability to affect the entire breed within one season, the ApHC feels it's necessary to require stallion owners to record their stallion's breedings with integrity.

A properly completed Stallion Breeding Report also provides the ApHC with adequate documentation of the breeding that ensures that pedigrees are accurately recorded.

In order to avoid a late fee for filing a Stallion Breeding Report, it must be postmarked on or before November 30 of the breeding year. The ApHC encourages stallion owners to file their reports early.

Reports are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Stallion owners who submit their properly completed reports in a timely manner receive their pre-printed registration applications, complete with breeder's certificates, earlier.

Pre-printed registration applications are sent to stallion owners on a monthly basis throughout the year. These applications contain sire and dam information, as well as dates bred and method of breeding. The applications not only assist the stallion owner with providing consistent breeding information to the mare owner, they also speed up the registration process by significantly reducing errors.

If preferred, stallion owners may submit a handwritten Breeder's Certificate instead of using the ApHC pre-printed Registration Application. This may be beneficial if the stallion owner didn't submit a Stallion Breeding Report in a timely manner and the breeder needs a breeder's certificate prior to the stallion owner receiving the pre-printed registration application.

What mares must be listed?

Stallion owners must report all mares exposed to the stallion, whether or not the mare conceives. Mares owned by the stallion owner must also be recorded on the Stallion Breeding Report. It isn't necessary to report mares registered with the American Paint Horse Association, Pony of Americas Club or other registries that aren't approved by the ApHC, but "grade" mares, or unregistered mares of unknown parentage, should be listed as such on the report.

Appaloosa stallion owners must list names, foal year, breed, registration number, name of mare's dam, recorded owner at the time of service, method of breeding and breeding dates of all registered Appaloosa, Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred and Arabian mares. "Grade" mares should be listed as such on the Stallion Breeding Report.

Owners of Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred and Arabian registered stallions must list names, foal year, breed, registration number, name of mare's dam, recorded owner at the time of service, method of breeding and breeding dates of registered Appaloosa mares.

Breeding dates

Breeding dates are critical, as the dates listed on the Stallion Breeding Report must correspond with the dates on the Breeder's Certificate and the date of foaling. If you breed mares using pasture breedings, you should report the first day bred as the first day the mare was put in the pasture. The last day bred should be the day she was removed.

Transported semen dates should be reported