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DNA Testing

DNA testing is required for all presently licensed stallions still alive and breeding, all stallions being newly licensed for breeding, and all breeding mares. Also requiring DNA testing are all overage registrations, and foals applying for registration as follows: all fillies, all shipped semen AI foals (except geldings unless the result of frozen semen) and any other horses regardless of sex or age that owners choose to DNA voluntarily. Haflingers being presented for Inspection & Classification (I&C) must be DNA tested and a copy of the DNA test results sent with their I&C application form prior to the inspection.

Change in procedure for DNA Testing, effective January, 2020!
DNA kits will be automatically generated for fillies/mares being registered. All other DNA Typing requests will need to complete the DNA Request Form.

DNA Testing Fees:
Members – $35
Non-Members – $100
Return the completed form and DNA Testing fee to American Haflinger Registry, PO Box 124, Fredericktown OH 43019.

DNA kits are a PDF file and will be emailed or mailed to the person requesting the kit. Kits are computer coded and specific to each horse. Never use a kit for mailing hair for any horse other than the one the kit was purchased for. Instructions for pulling and submitting hair samples are included with the kit. It is the owner’s responsibility to collect and mail hair samples to UC Davis lab (do not mail hair to the Registry).

THE HAIR SAMPLE MUST BE RETURNED WITHIN 60 DAYS OF RECEIPT OF THE FORM. ALL FUNDS PAID FOR DNA AND REGISTRATION WILL BE FORFEITED AFTER 60 DAYS. NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE.

Haflinger How To: Researching Registration Status

So you’ve acquired what looks like a Haflinger horse, purchased from a private party or obtained through a rescue, and you’re wondering if you can get it registered, or find its papers (registration certificate) that may have been lost to register it in your name. It’s time to do some research; the more you know about the horse and its previous owners the better chance you’ll have.

Follow the steps below; when you have as much information as you can get, forward it by email to: registrations@haflingerhorse.com. You may need to do some online detective work to track down previous owners, addresses and phone numbers. This is work you need to do; the American Haflinger Registry cannot do it for you.

Haflinger Horse Registration Research:

1. Collect any paperwork you have from your purchase: bill of sale, signed transfer form, original or copy of pedigree certificate, etc. 2. Trace the horse’s ownership back through the owner you bought from, then go back from there as far as you can to get as much info on the horse possible. 3. If the horse is already registered, contact the current recorded owner to see if they will provide you with a signed transfer form for the horse. We can provide you with current owner’s contact information and a link to the transfer form. 4. The more information we have to work with the more likely something can possibly be done to help you. 5. You will more than likely need to DNA the horse; kits are available from the office, $100 for non-members, $35 for members.

Your chances of getting an unregistered horse registered after doing a DNA test, are usually not very high. All American Haflinger Registry mares have DNA ID from 2002 forward; many colts or stallions may be in our DNA database too. You’ll need a new DNA test to try to find a match.