Registration & Certification:
One of the frequently asked questions is about certification. Not every breed requires both dam and sire to be certified and demonstrate gait under saddle prior for offspring be eligible for full registration papers. Rocky Mountain Horse (RMHA) and Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association (KMSHA) each have their own specific processes for registration, certification and qualifications for stallion/mare/gelding books.
The base principal is that owners apply to the association(s) for foal registration papers, along with photos, breeding certificate and DNA testing ( proof of parentage), within six months of the foaling date.
To become certified in the associations, horses must be video taped (for those who do not have access to examiners in person) demonstrating breed traits, standards and gait under saddle. Video tapes are submitted to the association(s) along with additional required documentation where examiners review and approve or decline certification of the horse.
Certified means that the horses meets breed standards and are issued new association papers adorning a gold seal. Mares and Stallions must receive their gold seals/certified to breed status for foals to be eligible for registration papers.
... something that has come up many times is that because 'Certified' means that the horse is under saddle and exhibits breed standards and gait - it is often confused with Training. Certified is not necessary a reflection of 'level' of training nor an indication as to how the horse was started ... it is the purchaser's responsibility to fully investigate where the horses is at and determine both the rider's and the horses needs.
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