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Guidelines when Buying a Horse
Author: Arab Horse Society    Date Published: 28 December 2014

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Tips for buying a horse

If you are looking to buy a purebred horse, make sure the seller is registered with the breed society.

Ask to see the horse’s registration certificate and/ or passport with registration number before you complete the purchase.

Look up the horse’s pedigree on the Logix database.


Need info about a horse?

Logix is your first stop for finding out pedigree, owner & other information about any registered purebred, part-bred or Anglo Arabian horse in South Africa.

We get a great deal of enquiries for information about a horse’s pedigree, or who currently owns it. Sometimes tracking down this info is tricky, but as long as the horse is registered, you should be able to find all you need to know on the Logix database.

Logix is maintained by SA Stud Book, and even if you’re not a member of the Arab Horse Society of South Africa, or one of the other breed societies run by SA Stud Book, you can use it.

If you are not registered on Logix, you can login as a guest to search for information. The username is GUEST and the password is LOGIX.

  • Go to Enquiries on the top menu bar;
  • From the drop-down list, choose Animal Information;
  • Then Horses/Animal Information.
  • All you do then is type in the information you know in the correct sections; and
  • Click on Submit


What you need to know about buying a horse

Farmer's Weekly | 25 April 2014 | By: Dr. Mac

The Farmer’s Weekly published a very useful column by Dr Mac, outlining the pitfalls of buying an ‘unregistered purebred’ horse in their 25 April 2014 issue.

Purebred horses are by definition registered, says Dr Mac ‘Unregistered purebreds’ are a fiction.

If you are looking for a purebred horse to compete with or breed from, make sure the seller is fully registered with the relevant breed society. This seems to be stating the obvious, but there is an increasing trend of horses on the market being advertised as ‘purebred, eligible for registration’.

Let the buyer beware: a ‘purebred’ horse whose sire and dam are unregistered can often be almost impossible to register unless the owner was a member in good standing of the breed society at the time of its birth. There is no such thing as an ‘unregistered purebred’, but the buyer is likely to spend a lot of money and time before he or she discovers the sad truth.”

Dr Mac goes on to say: “You only own a car or a purebred horse if it is registered in your name. Cars have engine numbers and registration plates linked to make, model and colour. Horses have DNA or microchip numbers, with breed characteristics and colour markings to match. Selling purebred horses without these matching details is a criminal offence.”

The Society recommends that you read the full article, What you need to know about buying a horse by Dr Mac, before buying your next horse!

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