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I would like to register my mini, as a mini based on height. Is this possible? I do not know my gelding's sire, or dam. My mini is 34 inches at the last mane hair, and is a paint with one blue eye. I realize that a gelding does not need papers, as a non breeder, or for most shows. Also, is a DNA test available to show bloodlines? If so, is it expensive? My mini isn't fancy, but I love him! Every time I look at him I wonder about his heritage. Thanks!
 

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AMHA does now accept minis based on size only. 34" at the last mane hair means your gelding can be hard shipped. There are fees--$300 plus DNA I think? Measuring has to be done at a show (I think--i am not an AMHA person so not up to date on the exact requirements). Once you have AMHA papers you can then obtain AMHR registration for $200 plus regular gelding registration fees.
 
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If you do not want to go the mini registration route, I'm pretty sure your gelding would qualify for the Pinto registry.
I looked into DNA testing my mini to see if he was in the data base and was told they did not do that for horses with unknown pedigree. They said I would have to know the sire and dam in order to carry out the test (which sort of defeats the purpose, if I knew the sire and dam I wouldn't need a test). This was last year, maybe things have changed since then.
I am sure my mini was registered and I even think I know who he is, but when I tried to track down the info the registery was unfortunately less than helpful.
 

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I really appreciate your responses. I don't plan to show my mini,{I don't think he's that fancy]. The show mini's I've seen are quite something. The pinto registry sounds like a good fit. The DNA test people are obtuse! Don't they have a data base to glean from? So not a helpful company. I don't know what hard shipped means. When I went on the AMHA registration web site they asked for the sire, and dam in the paperwork. I don't know how to navigate around that. If they do accept mini's like mine, there was no spot or alternate paperwork that I saw. My mini does display behaviors that I have only seen in wild stock. They seem to have an innate way of being in the world that you don"t see in domestic horses. This is another reason I was hoping for a DNA result. I'm disappointed for both of us Cayuse! Thanks again!
 

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Try going to amha.org
Go to the home page and at the bottom of the page there are listings of forms for registration. They are highlighted in red. I just went to the site to look around and found a "hardship application" listed there.
Hardship applications are for those minis who are not registered or whose papers are lost that meet a certain criteria.
Hope this helps :)
I'd definitely do the pinto registry if you can. Lots of shows have Pinto/Paint halter classes.
I really appreciate your responses. I don't plan to show my mini,{I don't think he's that fancy]. The show mini's I've seen are quite something. The pinto registry sounds like a good fit. The DNA test people are obtuse! Don't they have a data base to glean from? So not a helpful company. I don't know what hard shipped means. When I went on the AMHA registration web site they asked for the sire, and dam in the paperwork. I don't know how to navigate around that. If they do accept mini's like mine, there was no spot or alternate paperwork that I saw. My mini does display behaviors that I have only seen in wild stock. They seem to have an innate way of being in the world that you don"t see in domestic horses. This is another reason I was hoping for a DNA result. I'm disappointed for both of us Cayuse! Thanks again!
 

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It was so nice of you to go out of your way to find that information for me! I will follow up with all you suggest, and let you know how I fare. Than-you so much! People like you are a blessing!
 

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