Buyer beware: “unregistered purebreds”

Farmer's WeeklyThe Farmer’s Weekly published a very useful column by Dr Mac, outlining the pitfalls of buying an ‘unregistered purebred’ horse in their 25 April 2014 issue.

Purebred horses are by definition registered, says Dr Mac ‘Unregistered purebreds’ are a fiction.

“If you are looking for a purebred horse to compete with or breed from, make sure the seller is fully registered with the relevant breed society. This seems to be stating the obvious, but there is an increasing trend of horses on the market being advertised as ‘purebred, eligible for registration’.


This purebred Arab gelding is for sale. But is it registered? It is up to the buyer to make sure. Photo: Dr Mac

Let the buyer beware: a ‘purebred’ horse whose sire and dam are unregistered can often be almost impossible to register unless the owner was a member in good standing of the breed society at the time of its birth. There is no such thing as an ‘unregistered purebred’, but the buyer is likely to spend a lot of money and time before he or she discovers the sad truth.”

Dr Mac goes on to say: “You only own a car or a purebred horse if it is registered in your name. Cars have engine numbers and registration plates linked to make, model and colour. Horses have DNA or microchip numbers, with breed characteristics and colour markings to match. Selling purebred horses without these matching details is a criminal offence.”

The Society recommends that you read the full article, What you need to know about buying a horse by Dr Mac, before buying your next horse!





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