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Inspection - General

Q: Where are the inspections? How do I get there?

A: Inspection schedules are listed on the website by April 15th each year. Members are notified of the schedule through the May/June issue of The Trakehner Times newsletter and on the website. Directions are available by contacting the local host. Contact information is provided along with the schedule.

Q: What do I need to do to have my horse inspected?

A: Fill out the free online inspection nomination form by March 30 of the year you want your horse inspected. Watch the schedule listed on the website and prior to the deadline for the inspection you wish to attend - fill out the online inspection application form, pay all applicable fees, and send your horse's registration papers to the ATA office.,

Q: Do you inspect non-Trakehners? Do you approve them as Trakehners?

A: We inspect non-Trakehner horses if there is enough time at a particular inspection site. We inspect them for voluntary marks only, since they are not eligible for breeding approval with our association. Breeding approval is based on bloodlines and outside blood other than Thoroughbred, Arabian, and Shagya.

Q: Are there any pre-inspection requirements?

  • A: Yes for stallion candidates: All stallions requesting inspection must have an advance, passing veterinary inspection and X-rays produced no more than 75 days prior to the inspection, at owner’s expense, and submitted (including the X-ray films) to the ATA office at least 30 days prior to the inspection. The rationale for this is that a number of DOD problems (Developmental Orthopedic Disease) and certain other traits are relatively highly heritable. This is intended to help preserve soundness in the breed and improve the chances that offspring can better pass pre-purchase examinations. At present, this program is part of the inspection process of the German Trakehner Verband and most warm­blood organizations.
  • All stallion candidates must comply with ATA Genetic Testing Requirements prior to approval.
  • Exact veterinary requirements and X-ray protocols will be furnished to individual applicants when inspection application is received. or you can look under the inspections button on this website.

Q: What does my horse have to do at inspection?

  • A: Stand to be measured (height, girth, and canon bone)
  • Walk and trot on a hard surface (sometimes asphalt)
  • Walk and trot on a triangle in an arena. (usually sand or other soft footing)
  • Walk, trot, and canter at liberty in an arena.
  • Stallions must also free jump three obstacles. Mares do not jump.
  • Walk for final evaluation before the results are announced.

Q: What does the handler wear?

A: The handler should wear comfortable clothing such as “Dockers” type khaki pants and a polo shirt or turtleneck sweater. Running shoes are a must. The handler must be able to keep up with the horse's trot.

Q: What if my horse is lame?

  • A: The judge(s) must judge what he/she sees on the day of inspection. If you horse has a temporary lameness you may wish to withdraw from the inspection. If you provide the ATA office with a veterinary certificate your inspection fee will be forwarded to an inspection at a later date. If we do not receive a veterinary excuse, you will be required to pay again the next time you apply.
  • If you horse has a permanent lameness it may be beneficial to bring one or more of the horse's offspring to the inspection. They will be looked at along with the horse being inspected and will not be given separate score sheets unless you apply for them to be inspected and pay the appropriate fees.

Q: What is the difference between Pre-Nominating a colt for inspection and nominating him for a specific year's inspections?

  • A: Pre-nomination is done between birth and the colt's first birthday. The completed registration application with registration fee must accompany the nomination fee and be received in the ATA office before the colt turns one year old. The pre-nomination is noted on the back of the colt's registration certificate and entitles the owner to a discount when the colt is presented for inspection.
  • The Nomination for Inspection is just a tool to help us plan inspections. It does not require a fee at the time of nomination. Nomination forms are due by March 1 st of each year in order to schedule that year's inspections. There is a late fee of $75 if you don't submit a nomination form by March 1 st . If you have a colt that is pre-nominated for inspection you still must submit the nomination form the year you intend to bring the colt to inspection.

Q: How do I get an inspection in my area?

A: Nominate your horses and encourage other stallion or mare owners in your area to nominate their horses. Be sure someone in the region completes the host site application volunteering his/her facility for use as an inspection site.

Q: Do I really have to show my horse in a bridle? Why can't I use a halter?

A: Halters generally do not fit well enough to provide the necessary control to present a horse for breeding approval. They tend to slide around, sometimes even to the point of obstructing the horse's vision. Bridles provide better fit and more stopping power. The better fit is usually a more flattering look for the horse.

Q: Can I use an assistant with a whip to get my horse to trot?

A: Yes, one assistant with an ordinary dressage or lunge whip is acceptable. Do not add plastic bags or other items to the whips.

Q: How do I train my horse to trot on command?

A: Please refer to the in-hand articles on this website or purchase an in-hand video learning tape. For members only - we also offer Inspection Tips

Q: Will there be handlers, braiders, etcetera for hire at the inspection site?

A: There are usually handlers, braiders, and other assistants available at most inspection sites, but it is best to contact the local host to inquire and obtain contact information.

Q: Can I get my horse branded at the inspection?

A: Branding must be arranged prior to the inspection. Please see FAQ's on Branding.

Q: How does the Thoroughbred/Arabian Inspection Program work?

A: See Thoroughbred/Arabian Mare & Stallion Inspection FAQ's.

Q: Can I have my gelding inspected for marks?

A: Yes, if the inspector has enough time after the stallions and mares.

Q: What if my stallion prospect just turned two-years-old, can I still get him pre-evaluated for $75?

A: No. Pre-evaluation of stallion prospects is for weanlings and yearlings. Colts two years old and older are eligible for full stallion inspection.

Q: There are no inspections in my area, can you inspect my horse via videotape?

A: It is not possible to inspect horses via videotape as it does not give a true impression of the animal's conformation, movement, or temperament.