FAQ

Q. Can my solid marked paint foals be registered as quarter horse?


  • The NQHR offers several options for solid marked paint foals depending on parentage they can either be registered as breeding stock quarter horse, or if both paint parents have minimum 3/4 quarter breeding then the foal may be eligible for full quarter horse status.

Here's a quick chart to show how offspring may advance if the proper application and verifications are provided.

PARENT 1 PARENT 2 Solid Marked Offspring Paint Marked Offspring
Q Q Q C
Q TB X C
Q QX Q C
Q QT QX PT
Q P X X
Q PX X X
Q PT QX PX
Q O QX PT
Q X or C Q X
P QX X X
P QT QX PX
P P C P
P PX C P
P PT QT PX
P O QT PX
P X or C X P
QX QX QX PX
QX QT QX PX
QX PX QX PX
QX PT QX PX
QX O QX PT
QX X or C Q X
QT QT QT PT
QT PX QX PX
QT PT QT PT
QT O QT PT
QT X QX PX
PX PX QX PX
PX PT QX PX
PX X X P
PX O QT PX
PT PT QT PT
PT X QT, QX PX
PT O QT PT
X X X X

Q. How do I begin (registration)?


The best place to start would be to research any information you do not know. The more information you can provide us the more valuable you're certificate will be! 

The second step is to take four full body photographs that will be submitted along with your application.

If your horse has any scars or white markings in harder to see areas such as the chin or under the belly it would be wise to also take photos of those as well.

If your horse has NO white markings please include photos and locations of any scars or swirls that may help identify your horse as an individual. 

If you are mailing in an application we suggest you print the photos on high quality photo paper. We do accept images printed on standard printer paper but they will not turn out as clear on your certificate. If you are planning to submit an online application you will want to also scan a copy of your bill of sale and any breeding reports or other verifications so they will be ready to upload along with your full body pictures.

Next you will want to print or open an online application, and fill in as much information as you know. If you do not know something enter N/A we will contact you if something vital is missing. 

 

For information on the processing fees please see the fee schedule on our forms page.

Q. Will I get a certificate with my registration?


Yes, you will receive a certificate for every horse you register.

Q. What are the registration requirements?


    • Completed Application either printed or online
    • Bill of Sale (if not the breeder) or Form I (brand inspection) if signed transfer or bill of sale unavailable.
    • Form P Parentage Verification (not required for quarter or paint type)
    • Four full body color photos showing white markings, scars, and if applicable brands.

Additional photos will be required if scars, brands, or identifying markings do not show clearly in full body pictures.

 

Q. Will my horse's offspring be eligible for registration? What section do my horses offspring qualify for?


With proper application you're horses offspring may be registered most times at a higher section than their parents.


Here's a quick chart to show how offspring may advance if the proper application and verifications are provided.

 

PARENT 1 PARENT 2 Solid Marked Offspring Paint Marked Offspring
Q Q Q C
Q TB X C
Q QX Q C
Q QT QX PT
Q P X X
Q PX X X
Q PT QX PX
Q O QX PT
Q X or C Q X
P QX X X
P QT QX PX
P P C P
P PX C P
P PT QT PX
P O QT PX
P X or C X P
QX QX QX PX
QX QT QX PX
QX PX QX PX
QX PT QX PX
QX O QX PT
QX X or C Q X
QT QT QT PT
QT PX QX PX
QT PT QT PT
QT O QT PT
QT X QX PX
PX PX QX PX
PX PT QX PX
PX X X P
PX O QT PX
PT PT QT PT
PT X QT, QX PX
PT O QT PT
X X X X

 

QUARTER HORSE

Horses resulting from the breeding of two verifiable registered Quarter Horses, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the stud books as Full Blooded Quarter Horse.

 QUARTER TYPE

Horses deemed to be obvious Quarter type by a director of the N.Q.H.R, that meet the markings guideline. Parentage verification not required. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

 QUARTER CROSS

Horses with a verifiable percentage of quarter horse breeding, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

PAINT

Horses resulting from the breeding of two verifiable registered quarter horseor Paint registered horses that are each minimum Quarter bred, and meeting the markings guideline. Horses registered in this section will be recorded in the Stud books asFull Blooded Paint Marked.

PAINT TYPE

Horses of obvious or known Paint breeding deemed to be obvious quarter type which meet the markings guideline for paint. Parentage verification not required. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

PAINT CROSS

Horses with a verifiable percentage of paint horse breeding, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

QUARTER/PAINT CROSS AND QUARTER/TB CROSS

Horses resulting from the breeding of verifiable registered quarter horsePaint or T.B. registered horses and meeting the markings guideline. Horses registered in this section will be recorded in the Stud books as Full Blooded.

HONORARY REGISTRATION

Available for horses that have passed away that meet the appropriate criteria ans verifications for full-blooded registration to benefit the registration level of living offspring. Proof of ownership before death must be provided. 

REGISTRATION OF OWNERSHIP

Open section for registration of verifiable Ownership

No marking or size restrictions. Parentage verification not required. Not listed in the stud books of the N.Q.H.R.

Q. How much will my horse cost to register?


The registration fee depends on two things. First the age of your horse we offer lower fees for foals and older horses. Second what type of certificate you desire.


Printable: Upon completion of processing you will be emailed a password protected file with a printable version of the certificate which you may print yourself. (Available within 24-48 hours)

Traditional: N.Q.H.R. prints your certificate for you on high quality glossy paper and mails it to you. (Takes 2-4 weeks to receive varies on postal service in your area)


You can use the table below to get an idea of the rate that fits your horse.

Registration Fees Printable * Traditional **  
0-11 months $30.00 $50.00  
1-3 years $80.00 $100.00  
4-15 years $180.00 $200.00  
16+ years $30.00 $50.00  
Dual Registration (any age) $20.00 $40.00  
Registration of Ownership[(any age) $20.00 $30.00  
Additional Fees      
Pedigree Research $20.00 Quarter Horse, Paint, and Jockey Club lines
Laminated Pedigree Certificate $25.00 (Includes basic research if  needed)
Color Estimate $10.00 Pedigree and pictures of horse and parents required
Rush $30.00 2-4 Days  
Overseas Shipping $5.00 Only required for printed certificates not online ones
Lease Filing $20.00    
Duplicates/Replacements $10.00 Per Item  
Name Change $20.00 Per Horse or person  
Transfer $10.00 Per Owner  
Reports      
Stallion Report                $20.00 $25.00 Before Dec 1st of breeding year
Stallion Report Late $30.00 $35.00 After Dec. 1st of breeding year
Lifetime Stallion Listing              $200.00 Includes all reports (Online  only-Requires membership)
Additional Mare(s) on report        Included $5.00 Includes copy for mare owners
Membership (Online Only)      
Annual  $25.00 Youth, Adult, Married 12 month membership term
Annual Renewal $20.00    
Three Year $65.00 Youth, Adult, Married 36 month membership term
Three Year Renewal $55.00    
Life $300.00 For the life of original applicant non-transferrable
     
 Prices effective:  1/1/2014          Subject to change without notice    

Q. My horse is registered with another registry can you note that on my horses certificate?


Yes, we can make note of up to three other registrations numbers on your certificate.

Q. Why would I bother to register a horse without a proven pedigree?


N.Q.H.R.'s stand on cross breeding is remembering where the quarter horse came from. The quarter horse type came from a mixture of Spanish and colonial stock horses. If you care to look back at the founding of the quarter horse long before the name and status as a breed you would see horses of unknown pedigree's being bred for their ability to perform a job. Generally in the case of the "bulldog or steeldust horses" as the quarter horses were first known it was to pull the plow thus the heavy chest and neck, or out think a herd of rangy cows thus the heavy hind quarters for better spinning and stopping.

When the breed was first adopted as such it was by a group of men who got together and decided a certain type of body style was desirable and should be perfected. They selected a few of the largest and most prominent ranches of the area and declared those horses were the only ones eligible. This plan did not go over well with the other ranches of the area and eventually the registry opened its doors to the general public. The early breeding of the quarter horse was a hit and miss strategy as not every foal bred automatically inherits the desirable traits. It has been argued by multiple groups whether that is what has happened from the selective registering of the quarter horses by most of the modern registries. The NQHR believes the type which was originally sought has been forgotten, maybe due to the fact the horses are not needed to work the farm anymore. Maybe because the breed has followed to many fashion changes.

The NQHR is a registry with one purpose and that is to recognize the quarter horse as it was originally meant to be in type without sacrificing conformation, temperament or usability. Our purpose is to protect the foundation bloodlines which the breed was based on as well as to introduce appropriate new bloodlines which will sustain the breed and avoid the debilitating and often deadly diseases that are cropping up from the inbreeding of foundation horses. The NQHR does not accept "any horse" that remotely represents quarter horses just to make a profit. The NQHR requires a strict evaluation of all non-pedigreed horses applying for quarter "type" status. Only horses with desired type and conformation will be accepted for registration as future breeding stock.

The NQHR uses a system of separated sections to integrate new bloodlines into the full blooded stock. 

Q. What are your size restrictions?


Equine 13 hands or above will be accepted for registration in the appropriate sections. The NQHR does not accept ponies under 13 hands, or miniature horses except for Registration of Ownership.

 

A "hand" = four inches

Q. My horse is a color not commonly accepted can you register will you recognize this color?


YES, we accept all colors of horses if they meet the N.Q.H.R. guidelines for proper quarter "type". We pride ourselves in being as scientifically correct on our color designations as the current studies by the leading universities, and color experts can provide us with. N.Q.H.R. is actively keeping up with the latest equine genetic findings by several universities. To find out more visit our color reference pages.

Q. How can I safe guard my horse against theft?


How can I safe guard my horse against theft?

Option 1Branding or tattoing is a highly visible (somewhat debated) way of saying this livestock is mine. But don't forget to register and periodically update your brand or no one will know who to return the horse to.

Option 2 Micro-chipping is a newer method for identifying your horse's ownership but like Brands if you do not keep up on keeping your contact info current with the chip database no one will know who to contact if your horse does turn up. Microchipping is also highly debated because of the rumors that it can cause cancer, and the chip can sometimes migrate to a part of the body that causes health problems for the horse. Another downfall seen with microchips in the higher dollar race horses has been theives cutting the chip back out.  

Option 3 Putting locks, video cameras, and/or guard animals on your stables can deter some would be horse thief's but not all.

Option 4 Register your horse with a reputable organization willing to assist in the case your horse is stolen.

N.Q.H.R. registration certificates not only show your horse's ownership information and pedigree, but they also have a complete description and pictures of your horse right on the certificate. We believe that the best way to find a missing or stolen horse is to spread the vital basics out to as many people and horse related facilities as fast as possible.

With this in mind N.Q.H.R has teamed up with several online missing horse notification boards and will immediately notify any livestock auction houses that have internet connections in the case you're horse is missing. Most missing horses are probably found just down the road grazing but It is shocking just how many are on the boards. See for yourself just how possible it is from show ring to your own back yard horses are being stolen every day.

AGHR Missing Horse Forum There are many, many more just type stolen horse in your favorite search engine.

 

N.Q.H.R.'s suggested course of action would be to use multiple of the above listed options to help keep your horse safe as well as make its return quicker should the situation arise.  The old saying goes don't put all your eggs in one basket. Take precautions, use some type of identification, and be prepared to quickly get the word out with a certificate stating all the vital information, and a registry with the right tools. 

Q. My horse has a brand/tattoo can you tell me who's it is?


This is probably our most frequently asked question and one we honestly wish we could be of more help on. The NQHR does not have an extensive directory of brand or tattoo ownership available to them. We record any brands or tattoo's and the location on our applicant horses but we do not have any record on ownership of the brand or tattoo.

 

For brands the best option is to contact the county in which the owner of the brand lived in for their records.

Every brand must be licensed in the county of their residence in order for the brand to be use able.  

For lip tattoo's you wil have the best luck using a blacklight to cleary read the numbers and then contact the Jockey Club. They do require every horse that races to have a lip tattoo and keep a list of them all (95% of lip tattoo's are on race horses). 

Q. What makes N.Q.H.R. different? What is the difference between am Association, and a Registry.


An association is run by an elected board of directors. Those directors make all the decisions for the association whether they are something that the members agree with or benefit from or not.

The N.Q.H.R. is a registry for the people by the people. We do not have a panel of shareholders making the decisions for the registry. NQHR members are the ones who have the power. Each change is proposed to the members who get to vote whether they approve of the change or not.

Another difference is the N.Q.H.R. does not flood its members and clientele with advertising and propaganda. You will not receive ten pages of sales pitches along with your certificate, and you will never have pop ups and overwelming advertisements on our website.

We believe in being hard working like the breed we represent, and try to keep all aspects of the registry clean and simple.

So what is the downside? Well we believe the only downside is that we do not register hundreds of horses every day (were not in it for the money) the way the associations who spend thousands on advertising do.

The N.Q.H.R. depends on word of mouth references and in return provides a faster more personalized experience.

Q. How do I become a member?


To become a member simply print, complete, and return the membership form to NQHR, or use our instant online application.

Q. What are the benefits of being a member?


Annual Members receive the following benefits:

Discounted fee rates

Free submission of Classified Ads 

Free listing of Stallion at Stud 

Access to online newsletters and reports

Online Pedigree Searches 

Online Horse Records

Life Members

Receive all of the above benifits plus the opportunity to vote on proposed changes within the registry.

Q. My horse was rejected by other registries because of too much white will N.Q.H.R. accept it?


That is precisely why the N.Q.H.R expanded to offer multiple sections in the registry! The N.Q.H.R believes that the modern paint is as much or more quarter "type" than most quarter horses. While we do still require a markings standard for our full blooded and Quarter type sections. Horses with extensive white markings may apply for the Paint Type section. 


The following marking restrictions apply:

 

 

Q. My horse is Palomino and registered with a color registry can it still be registered with you?


YES, you're welcome to register your horse with as many registries as you would like. We do not know of any registries that have a rule against more than one registry or Equine association. There are several registries and equine associations for most pedigreed horse breeds and colors.

Q. My horse is Black, but it says Bay on my certificate?


N.Q.H.R registers, a horse's color based on genetic history and/or record of offspring. Most horse owners do not realize the genetic difference between a dark bay and a true black. If your horse has gold on its nose or flanks it is very likely not genetically a black. For descriptions and pictures on genetic colors, and what we classify different horses as please see our color reference pages to learn more or visit http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/coatcolor.php

Q. What color is my horse?


We will be happy to help you identify your horses color by researching its genetic history. First you will need to provide us with a pedigree at least three generations worth, and multiple full body color photos of your horse. Color photos of the parents as well will be extremely helpful since most unusual colors are not properly recorded by the majority of registries.

The two best ways to verify a horses color is thru genetic testing which in most cases is available thru UC Davis. If testing is not available a color record of foals produced can also be a great way to distinguish any hidden genes your horse may be carrying.

We have an extensive reference on horse colors and their factors available in our Color reference pages.

Q. What are the sections?


In order to provide registration for a wider span of bloodlines, and still keep the quarter horse desired "type", in 2002 the N.Q.H.R administration and members voted to expand the registry into sections with which to separate outside breeding stock and full bred Horses as well as offer registration privileges to those who would not otherwise be able to register there appropriately typed but open bred horses. The official sections of the N.Q.H.R are:

 

 QUARTER HORSE

Horses resulting from the breeding of two verifiable registered Quarter Horses, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the stud books as Full Blooded Quarter Horse.

 QUARTER TYPE

Horses deemed to be obvious Quarter type by a director of the N.Q.H.R, that meet the markings guideline. Parentage verification not required. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

 QUARTER CROSS

Horses with a verifiable percentage of quarter horse breeding, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

PAINT

Horses resulting from the breeding of two verifiable registered quarter horseor Paint registered horses that are each minimum Quarter bred, and meeting the markings guideline. Horses registered in this section will be recorded in the Stud books as Full Blooded Paint Marked.

PAINT TYPE

Horses of obvious or known Paint breeding deemed to be obvious quarter type which meet the markings guideline for paint. Parentage verification not required. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

PAINT CROSS

Horses with a verifiable percentage of paint or quarter horse breeding, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

QUARTER/PAINT CROSS AND QUARTER/TB CROSS

Horses resulting from the breeding of verifiable registered quarter horsePaint or T.B. registered horses and meeting the markings guideline. Horses registered in this section will be recorded in the Stud books as Full Blooded.

HONORARY REGISTRATION

Available for horses that have passed away that meet the appropriate criteria and verification's for full-blooded registration to benefit the registration level of living offspring. Proof of ownership before death must be provided. 

REGISTRATION OF OWNERSHIP

Open section for registration of verifiable Ownership

No marking or size restrictions. Parentage verification not required. Not listed in the stud books of the N.Q.H.R.

Q. What section does my horse qualify for?


Here is a chart which may help you determine which section your horse qualifies for:

 

PARENT 1 PARENT 2 Solid Marked Offspring Paint Marked Offspring
Q Q Q C
Q TB X C
Q QX Q C
Q QT QX PT
Q P X X
Q PX X X
Q PT QX PX
Q O QX PT
Q X or C Q X
P QX X X
P QT QX PX
P P C P
P PX C P
P PT QT PX
P O QT PX
P X or C X P
QX QX QX PX
QX QT QX PX
QX PX QX PX
QX PT QX PX
QX O QX PT
QX X or C Q X
QT QT QT PT
QT PX QX PX
QT PT QT PT
QT O QT PT
QT X QX PX
PX PX QX PX
PX PT QX PX
PX X X P
PX O QT PX
PT PT QT PT
PT X QT, QX PX
PT O QT PT
X X X X

 

QUARTER HORSE

Horses resulting from the breeding of two verifiable registered Quarter Horses, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the stud books as Full Blooded Quarter Horse.

 QUARTER TYPE

Horses deemed to be obvious Quarter type by a director of the N.Q.H.R, that meet the markings guideline. Parentage verification not required. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

 QUARTER CROSS

Horses with a verifiable percentage of quarter horse breeding, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

PAINT

Horses resulting from the breeding of two verifiable registered quarter horseor Paint registered horses that are each minimum Quarter bred, and meeting the markings guideline. Horses registered in this section will be recorded in the Stud books asFull Blooded Paint Marked.

PAINT TYPE

Horses of obvious or known Paint breeding deemed to be obvious quarter type which meet the markings guideline for paint. Parentage verification not required. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

PAINT CROSS

Horses with a verifiable percentage of paint horse breeding, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

QUARTER/PAINT CROSS AND QUARTER/TB CROSS

Horses resulting from the breeding of verifiable registered quarter horsePaint or T.B. registered horses and meeting the markings guideline. Horses registered in this section will be recorded in the Stud books as Full Blooded.

HONORARY REGISTRATION

Available for horses that have passed away that meet the appropriate criteria ans verifications for full-blooded registration to benefit the registration level of living offspring. Proof of ownership before death must be provided. 

REGISTRATION OF OWNERSHIP

Open section for registration of verifiable Ownership

No marking or size restrictions. Parentage verification not required. Not listed in the stud books of the N.Q.H.R.

 

Q. How come paints are allowed?


N.Q.H.R.'s opinion is that the majority of modernly registered paint horses although they began as a separate breed, have absorbed enough Quarter horse blood to basically be quarter horses with larger white markings allowed.

Why not, what breed would have made a better influx of fresh blood and type than the quarter horse.

The future of the paint horse is split between continuing to allow quarter blood or cutting the apron strings and becoming a breed of there own. This leaves the dilemma of what if anything to do with all the highly marked quarter horses no longer accepted by either registry.

To prepare for this issue the N.Q.H.R. directors and members voted to create the Full Paint and later the Paint Type sections in order to continue to be able to offer the most complete registry services to our members who choose to breed both quarter and paint horses. Offspring of two registered quarter parents that are born with more than the accepted amount of white to be registered like their parents are now eligible to be registered in the full paint section along with any foals born out of two paint registered parents. The N.Q.H.R. embraces the influx of new blood which is so vital to keeping a breed healthy. If you have any further questions about which section this may put your horse into feel free to use the chart below:

 

PARENT 1 PARENT 2 Solid Marked Offspring Paint Marked Offspring
Q Q Q C
Q TB X C
Q QX Q C
Q QT QX PT
Q P X X
Q PX X X
Q PT QX PX
Q O QX PT
Q X or C Q X
P QX X X
P QT QX PX
P P C P
P PX C P
P PT QT PX
P O QT PX
P X or C X P
QX QX QX PX
QX QT QX PX
QX PX QX PX
QX PT QX PX
QX O QX PT
QX X or C Q X
QT QT QT PT
QT PX QX PX
QT PT QT PT
QT O QT PT
QT X QX PX
PX PX QX PX
PX PT QX PX
PX X X P
PX O QT PX
PT PT QT PT
PT X QT, QX PX
PT O QT PT
X X X X

QUARTER HORSE

Horses resulting from the breeding of two verifiable registered Quarter Horses, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the stud books as Full Blooded Quarter Horse.

 QUARTER TYPE

Horses deemed to be obvious Quarter type by a director of the N.Q.H.R, that meet the markings guideline. Parentage verification not required. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

 QUARTER CROSS

Horses with a verifiable percentage of quarter horse breeding, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

PAINT

Horses resulting from the breeding of two verifiable registered quarter horseor Paint registered horses that are each minimum Quarter bred, and meeting the markings guideline. Horses registered in this section will be recorded in the Stud books asFull Blooded Paint Marked.

PAINT TYPE

Horses of obvious or known Paint breeding deemed to be obvious quarter type which meet the markings guideline for paint. Parentage verification not required. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

PAINT CROSS

Horses with a verifiable percentage of paint horse breeding, that meet the markings guideline. Listed in the Stud Books as breeding stock.

QUARTER/PAINT CROSS AND QUARTER/TB CROSS

Horses resulting from the breeding of verifiable registered quarter horsePaint or T.B. registered horses and meeting the markings guideline. Horses registered in this section will be recorded in the Stud books as Full Blooded.

HONORARY REGISTRATION

Available for horses that have passed away that meet the appropriate criteria ans verifications for full-blooded registration to benefit the registration level of living offspring. Proof of ownership before death must be provided. 

REGISTRATION OF OWNERSHIP

Open section for registration of verifiable Ownership

No marking or size restrictions. Parentage verification not required. Not listed in the stud books of the N.Q.H.R.

 

 

 

Q. Do you allow Appaloosa's?


N.Q.H.R.'s stand on cross breeding is remembering where the quarter horse came from. The quarter horse type came from a mixture of Spanish and colonial stock horses. If you care to look back at the founding of the quarter horse long before the name and status as a breed you would see horses of unknown pedigree's being bred for their ability to perform a job. Generally in the case of the "bulldog or steeldust horses" as the quarter horses were first known it was to pull the plow thus the heavy chest and neck, or out think a herd of rangy cows thus the heavy hind quarters for better spinning and stopping.

Horses of any breed that have the desired TYPE can be useful to furthering the genetic pool of the quarter horse. While the Appaloosa horse generally has exactly the conformation and type we are looking for they do also have the distinct mottled skin.

The N.Q.H.R. does accept and allow offspring of Appaloosa horses that have the correct conformation to be allowed into the Quarter type section where they may be bred to fullblooded quarter horse stock and throw offspring that no longer display the mottled skin effect but preserving the amazing necks and powerful hindquarters both breeds share. 

The NQHR is a registry with one purpose and that is to recognize the quarter horse as it was originally meant to be in type without sacrificing conformation, temperament or usability. Our purpose is to protect the foundation bloodlines which the breed was based on as well as to introduce appropriate new bloodlines which will sustain the breed and avoid the debilitating and often deadly diseases that are cropping up from the inbreeding of foundation horses. The NQHR does not accept "any horse" that remotely represents quarter horses just to make a profit. The NQHR requires a strict evaluation of all non-pedigreed horses applying for quarter "type" status. Only horses with desired type and conformation will be accepted for registration as future breeding stock.

The NQHR uses a system of separated sections to integrate new bloodlines into the full blooded stock.