A little horse pedigree research can tell you a lot about the horse in
your pasture or a horse you are considering purchasing.
If you are new
to understanding bloodlines and pedigree names, this article may be
very helpful to get you started.
Knowing what to look for and how to go about a pedigree search can be
valuable for many situations. If you are considering breeding a horse
you really want to know the pedigree you are considering breeding into
to ensure quality and functionality of the resulting foal.
What You Can Learn
Taking some time to conduct a horse pedigree
search can tell you a lot.
For example, if you are considering purchasing a horse for showing or
potentially breeding, a look at the horse pedigree may help you make
If you are looking for a new show prospect, the pedigree can tell you
the quality of the horse. If this horse has a bloodline full of top
performing half brothers and sisters as well as a top performing sire
or dam, you have a better chance that this horse will be of higher
quality than one with a pedigree full of unknowns.
Now this isn't always a guarantee because there are high performing
show horses with unknown bloodlines as well as those with the best
breeding that don't quite measure up in the show ring.
A horse pedigree can also tell you if a horse is more likely at risk
for inherited genetic defects. For example, horses with Impressive
(AQHA) bloodlines are at risk for being HYPP (hyperkalemic periodic
A proper bloodline search can tell you if you need to get more
information or testing on a horse you already own or may purchase.
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How To Look Up A Pedigree
Looking up horse pedigree information has
never been easier. These days
you can look up a pedigree by a simple click of the mouse. There are
many websites available for you to choose from.
A simple search engine keyword search will give you a couple to start
with. Once you find an easy pedigree search site, simply type in the
registered name of the horse you are looking up.
The horse you are doing research on will likely have to be registered
with a breed association in order to get bloodline information. Most
equine pedigree sites won't be able to complete a bloodline search on a
grade or unregistered horse.
If your horse is not registered, you could look up the sire or dam of
that horse if either is registered and known to you. This will help you
piece together your horse's family tree.
Another option to get more complete background information on your
horse is to check through the breed association site. The American
Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) does give you access to information on
You may have to become a member or pay a small fee for this information
but it can be invaluable knowledge to have. You can also look up
previous performance records on your horse or the dam or sire of your
This information can be extremely helpful if you are planning to breed
or market your horse.