Criteria for the Heritage Walking Horse

In order to obtain a certified Heritage Walking Horse registration certificate, either 100% or in one of the other categories, your horse needs to comply with the criteria below AND show the signature gaits and disposition in a video. Video guidelines can be found here

1.         100% Heritage Walking Horse
-   The 100% Heritage Horses (or The pure  Heritage Horse) must have all older bloodlines, with a minimum of  five stallions and/or mares with pre-1950      registration numbers still showing on the papers. Foals born of two Heritage parents will be eligible to be registered in this category regardless of how many numbers are still showing on the papers.
-  No modern show horses in the pedigree that were shown padded/stacked after 1976;
-  Various colors and patterns are exhibited within the Heritage Horse ranks. All colors, patterns, and modifiers must trace, generation to generation, to horses of those colors, patterns, and modifiers registered in the original TWHBAA Studbooks.  

- Gait certified with a video following the video guidelines.

2.        Heritage Breeding Stock 

 -  Heritage Breeding Stock will be comprised in two different categories.

  1. This category is for horses that have no performance show walkers exhibited after 1976 but do not have the five old registration numbers prior to 1950 to fall into the full Heritage category but are otherwise foundation bred. 
    These horses lacking the five old numbers are still required to be one of the various colors and patterns are exhibited within the Heritage Horse ranks. These colors, patterns, and modifiers trace, generation to generation, to horses of  those colors, patterns, and modifiers registered in the original TWHBAA Studbooks;
    IF a Heritage Breeding Stock horse from this category is bred to a 100% Heritage Walking Horse, the resulting foal will be considered 100% Heritage.
  2. This category consists of horses that are a minimum of 87.5% Heritage breeding, with only ONE padded horse after 1976 in the pedigree. These horses will also be considered Heritage Breeding Stock. They must meet the color trace and gait certification in order to be registered. 
    These horses will be evaluated on a case by case basis before registration certificates are issued to them.
    IF the horse meets this criterion and is bred to a 100% Heritage Horse, the foal will be registered as Full Heritage  with the percentage of Heritage blood noted on the registration certificate.

              - Gait certification with a video following the video guidelines is required for horses from both categories.

 3.         Heritage Accredited
- This category is for those horses that have a majority of old bloodlines but have no more than two performance horses exhibited after 1976 on their papers.
- Various colors and patterns are exhibited within the Heritage Horse ranks. All colors, patterns, and modifiers must trace, generation to generation, to horses of those colors, patterns, and modifiers registered in the original TWHBAA Studbooks;
- These horses will not be considered full Heritage, nor will their offspring.                                                                                                                                                          - - Gait certified with a video following the video guidelines.

All persons conducting business with IHWHA must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age. 
​Any person or persons who willfully register or record false pedigrees will be forever barred from making any further transactions with IHWHA and the false transactions will be cancelled.

The owner of any IHWHA registered horse which is exhibited in an unsound manner that results in an upheld VMO, DQP, HIO or USDA  ticket for soring, scar rule, foreign substances, pressure shoeing, or repeated violations, will have all rights to do business with IHWHA, suspended indefinitely. This suspension includes registration of foals, transfers, and/or conducting any business with IHWHA.

IHWHA will not be held liable for any delays or losses due to irregularities of the Postal System.

Registration of adult horses who are already registered: Provide IHWHA with a completed pedigree form and a completed  DNA results form along with a payment of Twenty Five Dollars ($25.00) and a request for IHWHA registration form. Horses which are already Heritage Certified can be converted to IHWHA registration by sending in a request and $10 to cover postage and supplies. Video guidelines can be found here

How to register

Old bloodlines

Naturally gaited

Sane & sound

​Using horse