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Quick GOV question...registering yearlings

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  • Quick GOV question...registering yearlings

    I did read the rule book. Just for clarification...If you breed a mare who has already been inspected/approved and the year of the foal you happen to be unable to attend inspections due to a conflict, what are your options for that foal? Can you have the offspring (say it's a filly) inspected as a yearling? Do you need to bring the filly to an inspection or can you just wait until she is three?

    If I'm reading right you still have her inspected as a yearling...then again at three plus for breeding approval.


    Also, am I correct that GOV doesn't brand, but microchips at inspection?
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    1.As a yearling (or foal) to be registered.
    2.As a three year old to be approved for breeding and entered into the stud books.
    You have to do 1. before you can do 2., i.e. the mare has to be registered before she can be entered into the stud books.


    • #3
      GOV does not brand. They will give you a microchip at inspection, it's up to you to have it inserted.


      • #4
        Elfe is correct that the foal can be registered as a yearling (and yes, it must be inspected, so color/markings, etc., can be recorded and must be DNA'd for parentage verification purposes). And yes, if a filly, she will have to come back as a mature horse (age 3 or older) to be inspected and approved for breeding.

        She is also correct that OHBS/GOV does not brand, but will issue a microchip. And it depends on which inspection site you attend as to whether it is "up to you" to have it inserted. Some sites have a vet or vet tech there to do the microchipping, which the registry very much prefers. There have been more than a few instances over the years where people never get the chip inserted, or they lose it, or get it mixed up with another chip and inserted in the wrong horse.


        • Original Poster

          Thanks for the responses. I was reading correctly then. It's interesting that Hanoverian brands, but GOV doesn't. I am indifferent, fwiw. I didn't know the details of the chip though--thanks.

          I am tempted to bring my mare (assuming she gets pregnant) to be inspected this fall and then if there is a conflict (I'm hoping to do some traveling next fall) I don't have to try to have the foal inspected until it is a yearling (but can if it works well to go). Also, God forbid, she could be approved now in case something goes wrong after foaling (I mean look at Rachel Alexandra).

          I worry about hauling a 3 months pregnant mare 5 hours though, but she is a very good traveler.

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          • #6
            Another siouxland person with a GOV mare


            I worry about hauling a 3 months pregnant mare 5 hours though, but she is a very good traveler.

            Which GOV inspection are you thinking about going to? I've got a coming 9 year old GOV mare that was inspected premium as a foal, but never went back as a mature horse. I'm in sioux city, so I'm not that far from you. I've only been in this area for 2 years and am still feeling my way around, but would like to get her to one this year
            Erica and Joe
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