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Foals may be registered at any time.

Most breeders choose to do this from weaning to about 18 months.

Horses can also be accepted at any age with proof of parentage. This will be checked against stallion returns where a stallion owner has kept the Society up to date (stallions registered with the Society) or the mare owner will need to provide a proof of service for any stallions that are not registered with our Society.

Here are the steps to register...

1. Fill out an online form 'Application for Registration of Youngstock' from Application Forms menu.

Complete fully. Try to include a full pedigree, sign and submit to the Registrar with payment.

To register a horse with the Society, the person registering the horse must be a current financial member. 

2. Return the form and fees to the Registrar (Internet Banking is available)

The form is then checked to ensure the horse is eligible for registration. 

The Registrar will then provide you with the form 'Branding/ Microchipping Certificate'.

(This Microchip/Branding certificate is an official document with the Irish Draught Horse Society of New Zealand)

At this point you will need to make an appointment with your vet.

The vet will use the form to identify the horse by recording the markings and then they will brand and/or microchip the horse for permanent identification. If microchipping, a branding sticker will be attached to the form.

If branding, the Society brands will be posted to you along with the 'Branding/Microchipping Certificate' which will include the numbers required on the offside shoulder of the horse. The brands are a Shamrock over NZ and this is to be applied to the nearside shoulder of the horse. The vet will provide the numbers.

Only freeze branding is permitted to comply with 'Best Practice' in the Animal Welfare Act. Code of Welfare for Horses NZ Jan 2016.

If you are using Society brands please return as soon as possible. They can then be circulated to others who may be waiting.

3. On receipt of the 'Branding/Microchipping certificate' the Registrar will load the horse into the data base and generate you an official 'Registration Certificate' with an allocated number. The certificate will be as accurate as the pedigree you have provided plus checked against our data base to add more information where possible.

If you purchase an Irish horse which is branded it is easy for us to identify it. Where the previous owner claims it is microchipped it will be necessary for you to have it scanned. (usually by a Vet)

The society has included in its new data base a record of all microchipped Registered Irish Horses.

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