Appaloosa Association, Inc
What To Submit For Registration
Please see tips and samples of proper and improper registration pictures.
A completed Application For Registration
A copy of the horse's ApHC (or other) Registration Certificate, both sides, if previously registered with another registry
Four photographs (minimum) of the applicant horse showing:
1) Full left side including hooves
2) Full right side including hooves
3) Full front including hooves
4) Full rear including hooves
Photos should show all four legs in each photo if possible, or separate photos of the insides of the legs may be submitted. Do not cut off the horse's ears, nose, tail or hooves. Label the back of each photo with horse's name, date of birth, sire, dam, and owner's name. If submitting paperwork via email, please include this information in the email with the horse's pending name in the subject line. If submitting via snail mail, please email photos as well.
Other photos may be required to show close-up's of marginal coat pattern, characteristics, small leg markings, scars and/or brands. Please label closeup photos of legs as to which leg is in the photo.
An Extended Pedigree is required to calculate the horse's registry classification. Every horse in the pedigree must have their registry and registration number listed or show unregistered or unknown. Pedigree should be at least through the last full generation of registered Appaloosas, and the one preceding that to show the horse(s) stopping the registry classification from going higher. Our Pedigree Worksheet may be used or an extended pedigree printed out from the ApHC's website. No AllBreedPedigree or others like it will be accepted. We now have horses that go further than these five-generation forms/pedigrees go so extended pedigrees may be required on sires and dams or grandparents to cover them. NOTE: If the sire and dam are ICAA registered, these extended pedigrees are not required. If there are any ICAA registered horses in a horse's extended pedigree, the pedigree does not need to go further back on those horses.
All required and optional Genetic Test Results available including optional pattern and color tests. These test results will be put on the horse's registration certificate. Test results must have the lab reference number, case number, or whatever number is specific to the testing facility used.
The appropriate Fee (don’t miss the discount for registering multiple horses)
Membership Applications, Applications for Registration, Pedigree Worksheets, Transfer Reports, and all other forms, are available to download on our Forms page. Fees are noted on each form when applicable.
*Rule changes on Genetic Testing/DNA Typing, per 2015 ICAA Annual Membership Meeting:
January 1, 2017 - All incoming horses from another approved registry must be tested *5-Panel N/N and be DNA Typed (geldings will not require DNA typing but will require 5-Panel test). DNA Typing MUST be on file with AGI!
2017/2018 - All breeding Stallions filing and Mares listed on a Stallion Report for the 2017 breeding year must have 5-Panel* test results and DNA Typing on file with AGI before 2018 offspring can be registered.
January 1, 2018 - All new ICAA registrations must have N/N 5-Panel* test results and DNA Typing on file with AGI (geldings will not require DNA Typing but will require 5-Panel test) unless parents have both tested N/N. Horses with parents who have N/N 5-Panel* test results on file do not need 5-Panel* testing but do need DNA Typing on file.
January 1, 2018 - Foals from positive ICAA stock must test 5-Panel* N/N.
January 1, 2018 - Horses that are heterozygous positive for recessive defects are eligible for registration if gelded or spayed.
Results must be from and/or recorded with an ICAA approved lab. Currently the lab used for DNA Typing is AGI.
*5-Panel Test: HYPP, HERDA, GBED, PSSM 1, and MH
ICAA believes that allowing horses with genetic disorders into the registry is destructive to the breed.
It is strongly recommended that breeders have their breeding stock tested now for the five major disorders - HYPP, HERDA, GBED, PSSM and MH. Horses testing positive for these inherited genetic diseases or any other genetic disease the ICAA deems to be detrimental to the Appaloosa breed may be denied registration.
To enter the Purebred Registry, a generation eligible horse must also test negative for all known genetic defects affecting Appaloosas that can be tested at that time, unless these results are already on file for their sire, dam, or other ancestors.
Horses showing paint, pinto, pony or draft breeding.
Horses with misplaced white or roan markings (sometimes referred to as splashed white, savino or sabino), bald faces and/or stockings higher than the middle of the knee or hock.
Horses carrying the gray gene; horses in question may be required to be DNA color tested for gray.
Horses with unknown or unregistered parent(s) except geldings and spayed mares expressing the Appaloosa coat pattern, white sclera, mottled skin, and striped hooves on leg with no white markings.
Parrot mouth horses or horses with undershot jaws which have not been gelded or spayed.
Cryptorchids or monorchids which have not been gelded, or the offspring of such stallions.
Solid stallions which do not qualify for third generation classification of the Foundation Registry. (See “Breeding Stock” rules above.)
Solid mares which do not qualify for the Regular Registry or the second generation classification of the Foundation Registry. (See “Breeding Stock” rules above.)
Horses photographed with artificial coloring or artificial characteristics, or which are otherwise misrepresented.
Horses with any genetic disorder that ICAA deems to be detrimental to the Appaloosa breed. A horse may be required to be DNA tested for certain genetic disorders. (See “Genetic Testing” below.)
Ineligible for ICAA Registration
See pictures of Appaloosa characteristics
The horse must have an ICAA accepted Appaloosa coat pattern easily recognized from 15 feet away, unless the horse qualifies for Breeding Stock per ICAA rules above.
The horse must have white sclera surrounding the iris of the eyes, mottled skin (most noticeable around the eyes, muzzle, sheath/udder, and under the tail), and Appaloosa striped hooves on legs with no white markings, unless the horse qualifies for Breeding Stock per ICAA rules above.
Height must be at least 14 hands high, standing barefoot, at five years of age.
The horse's sire and dam must be registered with ICAA, ApHC, ApHCC, or another Appaloosa registry approved by ICAA, or the horse must be gelded or spayed.
A horse may be required to be DNA tested for certain genetic disorders and DNA Typed (and on file with AGI). The test results will determine eligibility. (See “Genetic Testing” below.)
Once we have reached eight generation ICAA Appaloosas, a new
registry will be opened for these Purebred horses and their offspring.
Foundation Registry (F2 through F8)
A Foundation registry classification is determined by the amount of Appaloosa blood present (i.e., the number of full generations of registered Appaloosas) in an individual horse as evidenced by a proven pedigree.
The horse has a minimum of two generations of registered Appaloosa ancestors, beginning with its parents and grandparents, registered with ICAA, ApHC, ApHCC, and/or another Appaloosa registry approved by ICAA. The number of full generations determines the F-ranking.
The horse has all required Appaloosa characteristics -- Appaloosa coat pattern, white sclera, mottled skin and striped hooves on legs with no white markings, unless the horse qualifies for the Breeding Stock classification.
Regular Registry (#)
The horse's sire and dam (the first generation) are both registered with ICAA, ApHC, ApHCC, and/or another Appaloosa registry approved by ICAA.
The horse has all required Appaloosa characteristics -- Appaloosa coat pattern, white sclera, mottled skin and striped hooves on legs with no white markings, unless the horse qualifies for Breeding Stock classification.
A gelding or spayed mare showing all Appaloosa characteristics, including coat pattern, may also be registered in the Regular Registry, whether or not a pedigree is known.
Breeding Stock (B or NB)
The mare or stallion shows no Appaloosa coat pattern and may or may not have Appaloosa characteristics -- white sclera, mottled skin and striped hooves on legs with no white markings. The following stipulations apply for a solid horse to be eligible for registration:
In the Regular Registry
Solid mares will be allowed if they have a sire and dam that are both registered with ICAA, ApHC, ApHCC, and/or another Appaloosa registry approved by ICAA. No solid stallions are allowed in the Regular Registry. Solid geldings with two Appaloosa parents, while not "breeding stock", will now be allowed in the Regular Registry regardless of the generational classification.
In the Foundation Registry
Solid mares must be F2 and above. Solid stallions must be F3 and above.
Breeding Stock registration certificates will be stamped "Breeding Stock only, not eligible for race, show, or exhibition."
To determine which registry classification and/or rank your horse is, go to
ICAA is incorporated as an Appaloosa blood-breed registry. ICAA is a stand-alone registry. Once a sire and dam are registered with ICAA, their offspring do not need to be registered with any other registry as the pedigrees have already been verified and documented. An ICAA registered mare or stallion must be the product of a registered Appaloosa sire and a registered Appaloosa dam, except geldings and spayed mares.
To fulfill the ICAA goal of protecting the Appaloosa as a blood breed, strict rules prevail. The Official ICAA Handbook is available online. It is the member's/owner's responsibility to be familiar with all of the rules and regulations.
For fastest processing of registrations (and other ICAA business), many forms and other paperwork can be emailed and work may be paid for online. All forms are fillable and can be saved to your computer and sent as an attachment. Some paperwork may need scanned to send via email. A photo can be accepted if a scanner is not available. All must be good quality so as to be read easily. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To send via snail mail, please send to:
4610 New Mexico 206
Milnesand, NM 88125
(NOTE: The mailing address will be the address of the Secretary, currently the above. The PO Box in Shipshewana has been closed so please do not use that address. USPS Forwarding expired mid December 2017)
If sending via email, please submit a separate email for each horse if registering multiple horses with their name in the subject line.
ICAA Contact Information
4610 New Mexico 206
Milnesand, NM 88125
For problems navigating the website, contact Sharon at 575-607-9737 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm MST
or email at above email address
To learn about current science available to assist in making informed breeding and registration choices, go to the Animal Genetics website where you will find links to descriptions of all of the diseases/disorders important to Appaloosas, as well as links about LP, PATN1, and coat colors. Order form, instructions and fees are also available on the Animal Genetics website.
For current paid-up ICAA members only, ICAA has partnered with Animal Genetics to give considerable discounts on several packages. Use the specific form dedicated to the ICAA/Animal Genetics partnership which shows the various packages and fees.