Registering a Half-Arabian is not as difficult as it may seem. Unlike other breeds, Half-Arabians are welcome with open arms in a variety of different registries, most notably the Arabian Horse Association. Some of the crosses with Arabians have become so commonplace and popular that they have become recognized as breeds themselves and have their own registries. Here we'll take a look at how to register a Half-Arabian with the Arabian Horse Association and other registries that will accept some of the more popular Arabian crosses.
The Arabian Horse Association has been managing the registry of the Half-Arabian for many years now, and thanks to their hard work, the breed has become one of the most popular breeds in North America. Subsequently, registering with the association has become very simple and the requirements are straightforward. In order to be eligible for registration, a Half-Arabian must have one parent that is already registered as a full blooded Arabian with the Arabian Horse Association. The other parent can be of any breed, whether it is a purebred of another breed, a Half-Arabian, or a grade horse (this is the term for an unregistered horse), but it must be a horse (mules and hinneys not accepted). The only exception to the rule is an Arabian crossed with a Thoroughbred, but this is only because this cross enjoys its own registry with the Arabian Horse Association: the Anglo-Arabian.
There are many advantages to registering a Half-Arabian, not the least of which is that it tends to make the resale price higher and well as the selling price for any offspring. For those that are interested in competitive sport, being registered opens the door to more events and more money. The Arabian Horse Association even recognizes that many of these horses are eligible for registration through other registries as well, and offers a discount to those horses that are registered with a color breed registry, such as the Pinto or Appaloosa.
Those horses that are a cross of Arabian and American Saddlebred are also eligible to be registered with the National Show Horse Registry. Founded in 1981, this cross became so popular that it was recognized as its own breed. Those horses that are either the offspring of National Show Horses, or have some combination of Arabian, American Saddlebred and National Show Horse are eligible for registration, as long as there is at least twenty-five percent of Arabian blood.
The combination of Arabians and Morgans has also resulted in a new breed, which is called the Morab. Eligble for registration through the International Morab Society, there are a number of different crosses that can make a horse eligible to be registered. These cross combinations include registered Arabians with registered Morgans or registered Morabs with either registered Arabians or Morgans, although horses that have only twenty-five percent of one breed must be bred with the opposite breed in order to be eligible. In other words, a registered Morab with only twenty-five percent Arabian blood must be bred with either a registered Morab or a registered Arabian.