FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

I just bought my first Missouri Fox Trotter. How do I get it transferred into my name?

When you buy a fox trotter, the previous owner should give you the registration certificate. Look at the back of the registration paper:
Write the name/names and address of new owners on lines provided in box that the previous owner signed off in. A maximum of two persons may jointly own a horse.

Make sure that the previous owner has signed off on “signed” line.

Be sure to fill in the “date of purchase”.

The transfer fee is $20.00. You must be a current member to transfer a horse. If your horse is owned by two persons, both must be members. No more than two persons may jointly own a horse.

I just bought a Missouri Fox Trotter but the previous owner did not transfer the papers?  How do I get the information up to date?

To complete this transaction follow the typical instructions for transferring a horse.  There will be a $20 per transfer cost to record the transactions.

My registered fox trotter mare just had a foal. How do I get it registered?

Registering a foal is very easy.  The stallion owner should provide you an Application for Registration, commonly referred to as a Breeder’s Certificate.  The mare owner should complete the remaining information on the form and mail it to the MFTHBA office along with the appropriate fee.  Fees are based on the age of the foal at the time of registration.  If done prior to six months of age, registrations is only $20.

The sire and the dam must both have DNA on file with the MFTHBA office before a foal born.

What is the cost to register a stallion, gelding, and mare (18 months or older)?

Stallion $200.00
Gelding $65.00
Mare $100.00
You will use the Application for Registration form to register all three.

If I lose my registration papers, what can I do?

You can apply for a duplicate. Utilize the Affidavit of Change Statement for Duplicates.

How do I get a DNA kit?

You can purchase a DNA kit from the MFTHBA office by mailing in a request along with $50.00 or calling an order in with a credit card. You can also order one online.

A DNA kit is used by pulling hair (at least 50 hairs with root attached) from the mane or tail and does not require a veterinarian.
Once the kit is mailed to the lab it takes them about 4-8 weeks to get the results back to our office. Once we receive the results we will mail you a copy for your records.

What does BT on the registration papers stand for?

Blood Typed.  This was commonly done prior to the availability of DNA testing.

What is the difference between Brown, Blue, and Gold Papered?

Blue Papered – (fourth generation foals) these are either fillies or colts that have the past three generations fully and permanently registered in the MFTHBA.

Brown Papered – Any registered foal not considered Blue Papered will fall into this category.

Gold Papered – Gold papers means that the mare, stallion and foal have ALL been DNA tested and there has been a comparison done to see if the DNA matches. That is called parentage verification. If all three match and the DNA results say parentage not excluded the horse is eligible gold papers and its Certificate of Registration will be stamped parentage verified.

Any horse that has been parentage verified by DNA can obtain gold papers. If the horse already has a certificate of registration there will be a $10.00 fee to have the papers changed to gold papers.

What needs to be completed before I start breeding my stallion?

The stallion will need to have DNA on file at the MFTHBA office. If the horse has been previously bloodtyped that will need to be converted into DNA.

If the stallion was born in 2006 or after there is a stallion recording fee of $100.00 to be paid before any of its offspring can be registered.
A stallion breeding report must be filed by January 15 of each year for mares bred the previous year.

I am getting ready to register my foal and would like to have gold papers issues. What is the process?

In the MFTHBA, gold papers are a designation that the foal/horse has been DNA tested and the foal/horse’s DNA has been compared against its sire and dam. If the results of the test indicated that “parentage was not excluded,” the foal/horse is eligible to receive gold papers (parentage verified).

To have gold papers issued, you will need to purchase a DNA test from the MFTHBA. This can be done through our online store or by calling the MFTHBA office. After you receive your kit, following the instructions. The hair sample will be sent to the laboratory. A second portion of the test will be sent to the MFTHBA. Include this portion, with your Application for Registration and Customer Work Order Form. Include a note with the application that you would like the registration held for gold papers. DNA testing can take anywhere between 4-8 weeks. Once it is complete and the MFTHBA has received the results from the laboratory, they will process the registration, issue the gold papers and mail you the papers along with a copy of the laboratory results.

I will be breeding my mare utilizing shipped semen. Are there any special requirements I should know about?

First, congratulations on making the decision to breed your mare and on finding the perfect stallion. Under the MFTHBA Rule Book, the artificial insemination rules apply when semen is collected and breeding takes place at a location other than the premises where the semen used was drawn from the stallion.

As the mare owner, you must obtain a Mare Permit from the MFTHBA prior to the offspring resulting from the artificial insemination being registered. This permit is issued to the current owner and does not have to be renewed unless ownership changes. In addition, all offspring resulting from an artificial insemination breeding, must be DNA tested and parent verified prior to registration.

The MFTHBA suggests you double check with the stallion owner that they have completed the Application for Semen Transport prior to breeding your mare with shipped semen.

The Application for Mare Permit form as well as the Customer Work Order form which lists applicable fees can be found on the Forms and Downloads page.

For more information, please review these policies in the MFTHBA Rule Book or contact the MFTHBA office.

Can I register a foal produced through Embryo Transfer?

The MFTHBA does accept foals for registration produced by embryo transfer. In addition to needing to meet all the same requirements for registration as a foal produced by natural service, there are a few additional requirements.

The mare owner will need to obtain the Embryo Transfer permit from the MFTHBA prior to the embryo transfer. This permit is issued to the current owner and does not have to be renewed unless ownership changes. In addition, all offspring resulting from an embryo transfer breeding, must be DNA tested and parent verified prior to registration. The Application for Embryo Transfer form as well as the Customer Work Order form which lists applicable fees can be found on the Forms and Downloads page.

If you will be completing the embryo transfer process utilizing shipped semen, the MFTHBA suggests you double check with the stallion owner that they have completed the Application for Semen Transport prior to breeding your mare with shipped semen.

For more information, please review these policies in the MFTHBA Rule Book or contact the MFTHBA office.