Three tools used in its registration procedures sets AHHA apart form other registries
DNA testing to verify the parentage
Evaluation of conformation to ensure a high level of conformity to the Breed Standard
What purpose do they serve and why are these necessary?
At the turn of the century the United States Army released modern breed stallions amongst the herds of wild Spanish Mustangs to produce horses more suited to modern warfare. Draft breeds were released to produce coach horses for hauling equipment and Thoroughbred stallions were used to increase the size for calvalry mounts. Records show that some ranchers released other breeds such as the Bashkir Curl.
AHHA uses these tools to fulfill its mandate to select for and preserve the genetics and conformation of the foundation Spanish Mustang.
Overview of Procedures
Recording Young Horses
AHHA encourages breeders to record young horses with the registry and receive papers in order to keep track of young stock and facilitate their sales as registerable animals.
To do this submit :
Evaluation for Breeding Stock Scoring
This cannot be done until the animal reaches maturity which is most likely by 3 Years of Age
At three, breeders may:
Submit photos for evaluation to receive their permanent registration papers.
Registering Aged Horses
This may be done by progeny testing for breed type, conformation and uniformity to determine if an aged horse can receive breeding stock papers.
By using these methods to register horses it is AHHA's hope that we can promote the
Preservation of the True Type Spanish Mustang for Future Generations