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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 inspection? "

The Westfalen NA / RPSI offers 3 different kinds of registration documents:

• Full pink papered Passport and full W and crown brand and microchip – 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 microchip – 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, with a microchip and no brand – for foals sired by stallions ineligible by pedigree/breed for any of our stallion books, 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 - branding is optional, while microchipping is mandatory. Microchipping may be done either at an inspection site or by your veterinarian with a certificate required. All foals also receive a complimentary USEF Lifetime Number with their Microchip.

Branding is still the simplest method of permanently identifying your horse visually, and is included free of charge in the foal's inspection fee. 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.