Is It This Pet
Pony? Or Is It This Pedigreed Paso Fino?
Q: What is a Generic Horse?
Any horse from a racing
Thoroughbred (First Finance, California Stakes winner, registered with JC,
CTBA, and IGHA #6E000050), to a non-pedigreed pleasure
pony (Smokey Jett Jr., IGHA #5A000001) can be registered with the IGHA,
but generally a "generic" horse or pony is a previously unregisterable
mixed or cross breed of unknown lineage, mixed parentage, unregistered sire/dam,
or the get or produce of non-approved out crosses. We, however, use the
term "generic" within our registration rules to denote all breeds
Have you tried to register your horse or pony with a breed or "blood"
registry only to discover that is it much too difficult, or even impossible?
(or just too expensive!) That your horse or pony doesn't have "this"
colour or "those" markings, or doesn't have the "right"
sire or dam, or has what "they" consider to be aesthetic or conformational
faults? (or just don't offer the services you require?) Then look no further,
the I.G.H.A. is the first world-wide registry designed for all horses and ponies
without any discrimination due to type or breed, lineage, colour or markings,
age, or conformational faults.
We know that your horse or pony, whether a purebred show horse or a "generic" pleasure
horse is something to be proud of, so we founded a very unique association
just for horse and pony lovers like you - the owners of some
very special animals! The basic requirements for IGHA registration are simple:
Any horse or pony is eligible (even those registered with other organizations),
that the horse or pony being registered is not deceased, and that the applicant
has not been convicted of any statute involving any form of equine abuse.
So, not only can you register your crossbred, you can also double register
Glorious Grade Horse"
Horse Illustrated's showcase article on the I.G.H.A.
featured the I.G.H.A. registered mare "Diva" on its cover.
You have proof that the animal belongs to you (the IGHA registration
certificate). If the horse or pony should ever be stolen, the IGHA will furnish
(with your approval) any investigative agency working to find your animal,
a certified copy of the registration papers, plus a detailed description
of your equine. We will also assist you in any way we can to help you retrieve
your animal. And remember that the registration papers will follow the horse
or pony forever. Your information as a previous owner will always be on the
registration papers (important if a later owner has a question about the
horse). You can also inquire about the horse at any time in the future.
Remember, when you register your horse or pony with the IGHA, you do several
important and positive things:
You leave a permanent record that your horse or pony was
here (a recorded "marker" that it existed). So many of these wonderful creatures
come into our lives, and then they are gone without ever leaving a trace.
Don't let yours be one of them.
There are many shows that allow only registered horses
and ponies to compete. From halter class to endurance, Generic Horses can
excel -- but without their papers they may never get a chance.
You make your horse or pony eligible for HorseAid's exclusive "No Kill
and copyrighted "No
Kill Brand" (part
of the covenant is IGHA registration, otherwise we would have no means or authority
to track the animal). This can be an important safeguard if
you should ever decide to sell your horse or pony and want to insure (as
much as is humanly possible) that the animal is never sold for slaughter.
You help add your animal to the U.S. equine census. The more
horses and ponies the USDA (and Congress) knows about, the bigger the political
clout we horsepeople have. Also, your local government may well receive funds
from the federal government based on the amount of equines in the state.
We file a detailed report each year on our IGHA-registered horses, so make
your horse count not only for yourself, but for all the horses who cannot
And finally, you help the IGHA to not only speak for all the
horses and ponies that up until the time we were founded had no "voice" (because
they were not usually counted), you also help horses less privileged than
your own through the IGHA funded HorseAid programme (as
of October 1, 2003, 90% of all IGHA equine registration fees will go into the
HorseAid program (including
the remaining 10% will go to IGHA/HorsePAC. That's 100% of all fees received
going directly for equine beneficence programs).
So why delay? Register with the IGHA today!
World's Oldest and Largest All-Breeds
(in continuous operation from January 1, 1975 to
January 1, 2010)
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