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Ask Otto: What Kind of Papers Will my Foal Get?

German Stud Book Director Otto Schalter brings his expertise from judging keurings both in Germany and North America, and reveals some secrets about how to breed for success, and follow that up with a successful inspection day.

1). "What kind of papers and brand will my foal get at an RPSI inspection? "

The RPSI offers 3 different kinds of registration documents:

• Full pink papered Passport and full bridge and crown brand – for foals with Stud Book 1 sire and Mare Book 1 or 2 dam.

• Certificate of Pedigree (COP), which is a white-papered passport with the foal’s pedigree and registration information listed inside, and a ˝ brand – bridge without the crown – for foals sired by Recorded stallions and/or out of Pre Mare Book mares.

• Horse Identification Document (HID), which is white-papered passport (not a breeding document) with description and registration number listed inside, and no brand – for foals sired by stallions ineligible by pedigree/breed for any of our stallion books (for example Draft or Draft-x, QH, Appaloosa, and other American breeds), or out of a mare not of sport type and/or ineligible for any of the mare books by pedigree/breed.

The pony books have slightly different rules governing placement into books and eligibility for full pink papers/brand, and of course different breed allowances, but the same system applies.

2). "Do I have to have my foal branded at the inspection?"

No, you can choose to have a microchip implanted instead. Stud Book director Otto Schalter is certified in Germany to implant microchips, and beginning in 2013, the RPSI will offer Microchipping services for foals whose pedigree requires them to have a Horse Identification Document, as well as for those who choose not to have their foal branded. The fee for Microchipping is $50, which includes the microchip, the implantation, and the identification sticker for the horse's passport.

Branding is still the simplest method of permanently identifying your horse, and is included free of charge in the foal's inspection fee. The last two digits of your horse’s registration number show up under the bridge/crown (or in the case of ponies, under the oak leaf), giving him or her a unique identifying mark throughout life. Both the microchipping and the branding processes are quick, and most foals do not react too strongly. You may want to consider using both – to have both a permanent visual mark and a scannable method of identifying your horse.