Registration Regulations


Pinto horses have a dual-coloured coat pattern comprised of white areas combined with another of the basic coat colours such as bay, chestnut, black etc, making each Pinto unique.




Pintos with either known or unknown parentage which meet the colour requirements are eligible for registration.


Colour Sizing


Horses must have definitive white markings within the box of the picture below. This must be on the body & not including face, below the elbow & stifle on the legs. Horses may be white or any other colour, on a dry unclipped horse from a minimum of 2 metres away shall be considered.



To qualify for registering as a Pintaloosa the horse must have Pinto patches that meet the required patch size requirements and spots of an Appaloosa.


The lesser of the two colours should meet one of the following:


Miniature - current or estimated mature height 96.52cm (38 inches) & under
Patches to total no less than A6


Pony - current or estimated mature height to be over 96.52cm & under 148cm
Patches to total no less than A5


Hack - current or estimated mature height to be over 148cm
Patches to total no less than A4


Registration - 2 clear recent e-mailed photos required. Photos to be no more than 6 months old.  1 x left side, 1 x right side.  Please refer to photo requirements. Once a horse is registered it does not need to be renewed again, unless it is gelded or change of name etc.


Application Requirements


Before you submit the application, please check that


The application form is fully completed & signed


If the horse has a Prefix/Suffix from a Stud has it been registered? refer Suffix/Prefix form


Have you viewed photo requirements on the website


Photos have been emailed to


You are a current member of the NZ Pinto Horse Society


The registration fee is included


Proof of parentage is included if applicable


Service certificate is completed if applicable


Please include details on e-mail i.e. owners & horses name

Fee can be either paid by cheque or direct credit to bank 12-3013-0256658-00 Include details on direct credit i.e. owners or horses name


Forms can be either posted or e-mailed


Once all the correct information, paperwork, correct photos & payment is received it takes up to 2 weeks to process registrations.


If all paperwork, correct photos etc is not received within 4 weeks of receiving the initial application, paperwork will be returned and a $10 administration fee will be deducted


Registration Information


Age of the Horse


The age of the horse shall be computed on the basis of a calendar year starting on 1st  August of the year foaled.  It is a weanling during the calendar year in which foaled and yearling in the first calendar year following its foaling date, regardless of the date and year foaled i.e. horse foaled 27 Nov 2007 or 13 April 2008 automatically become yearlings at 1 August 2008.


The only exception to this rule is e.g. the foal of a mare covered on or after 1st September 2008 will be deemed to commence its first year of life on 1st August 2009 regardless of its date of birth, provided that date of birth is consistent with such covering and a signed Insemination Certificate from Veterinarian or AI Technician, or a Service Certificate from the stallion owner is provided.


Branding or Micro chipping


Branding (either fire or freeze) or Micro chipping is considered optional by this Society.  The horse should be branded on the near shoulder with the breeders registered brand, off shoulder with the breeding number over the year of foaling.  If the horse is already branded, no additional brand or alteration is allowed. A vet certificate is required for confirmation of the Microchip number.


Artificial Insemination


The Society accepts fresh, chilled or frozen semen as acceptable forms of AI.  AI must be certified by the inseminator at the time of AI.  An Insemination Certificate from Veterinarian or AI Technician, or a Service Certificate from the stallion owner (if inseminating) are acceptable




When an animal is gelded please complete a Gelding Notification form.


Prefixes, Suffixes & Naming of Horses


Once a horse is registered, the name cannot be changed either by the breeder or new owner except by applying to the Society for approval & at a set fee.  Stud Prefixes may not be changed, without permission from the Stud.  The maximum length of a registered horse’s name must not exceed 35 letters including the prefix or suffix & spaces.  Members may register a Stud Prefix or Suffix by obtaining from the Registrar the necessary Application for Stud Prefix or Suffix at the current fee.  The Society can refuse to accept names which are likely to be confused with other horse’s names.  A Prefix or Suffix will be required in some cases only to prevent duplication of names.


Change of Ownership


A Change of Ownership form can be supplied by the Registrar or downloaded from the website.  The Registration Certificate if in existence should accompany the completed Change of Ownership form to the Registrar in order for the horse to be recorded in the name of the new owner.  Either the vendor or new owner is required to be a member to change ownership.  When ownership of a registered animal is transferred, the vendor at the time of the transfer shall give the buyer the Registration Certificate and Transfer duly signed by him/her.  Where the vendor sells a mare in foal he/she must provide the buyer with a Service Certificate.  On a Change of Ownership Form of any horses registered in joint ownership, all signatures of joint owners must appear; only one is required to be a member.


Old owners may notify the Society’s Registrar that the registered horse has changed ownership and forward the new owners address in order for forms to be posted or e-mailed to new owner.   The purchaser will forward the completed Change of Ownership form and Certificate to the Registrar together with the current Change of Ownership fee.


Replacement Certificate


Is a new Registration Certificate issued when the original has been lost, destroyed or defaced.


Corrected Registration


A Corrected Certificate is a new Registration Certificate issued when there is a change in colour, markings, breeding details, foaling date, & change from stallion to gelding, or addition of brands.


Artificial Markings


Any horse photographed with artificial markings will be rejected for registration & the owner may be barred from the Society. When a protest is filed questioning the eligibility on the grounds of having artificial coat markings & this protest is deemed valid by a classifier, the Society has the right to suspend registration until such time as to determine whether or not the horse has been artificially coloured.