Horses from the wild or BLM Horses may be inspected by photographs and videos. Only horses of EXCEPTIONAL COLONIAL SPANISH TYPE will be considered for inclusion into the Registry. We also need any capture information as well as any information provided by the Bureau of Land Management. When possible, physical inspection by one or more of the INSPECTORS is desired.
All MARES that are passed by Inspection must have all future foals inspected for registration.
- Size: 13 to 15 hands; 750 to 1,000 lbs.
- Reaches full maturity at 7 to 9 years.
- Gaits will be smooth and comfortable, whether lateral or diagonal.
- Many colors including bay, black, blue corn, brown, buckskin, chestnut, dun, gray, grullo, ysabella, palomino, roan and white.
- Color patterns include appaloosa, tobiano, overo, Medicine Hat, War Bonnet, calico, sabino, frame and splash paint plus many variations.
- Nostrils are elastic, crescent-shaped with roomy nasal cavity, allowing for large extension and ample air intake.
- Eyes are set low and wide; bone over the eye is heavier and more protruding than modern horses.
- Ears are fine and narrow, often hooked on the tips.
- Neck is muscular, but not coarse or short.
- The head is attached to the neck with a cleanly arched throatlatch.
- Shoulder will be strongly angled and well-laid back.
- Back is short, often with one less lumbar vertebrae; the 5th and 6th lumbars are usually fused if the 6th lumbar vertebrae is present.
- The shorter backed horse may have one less pair of ribs.
- Neck, back and hip are approximately the same length.
- Loins are deep and strong.
- Barrel is well-filled with long underline; narrow front and rear.
- Tail set will be low and hip more deeply angled.
- Legs are well-boned with large, strong joints, tendons and ligaments.
- Structurally, bone will be dense, hoof wall thick and cannon bone round rather than oval.
- Small 'chestnuts' or 'ergots' on inside of legs.
- Feet are compact, comparatively rounded, elevated with thick, dense walls.
There are three distinct types and other intermediate types which fall somewhere between these three:
1) The lighter bodied and leggy horse is called the light or SOUTHWESTERN type.
2) The heavy or Northern type is a more blocky horse like the SPANISH GINETE.
3) The third resembles the ANDALUSIAN, the classic Spanish horse seen in Renaissance art.
To submit your horse for inspection, please provide the following:
Photographs: Both sides, front and rear, plus up close facial markings. Be sure to include all of the horse anatomy--ears to feet. Take the pictures in a field or use a building as a backdrop. The fewer distractions, the better to see your horse.
Video: At least a 15 minute video of the horse walking and trotting at liberty. Be sure the video is taken from the side or profile as we are looking for ground covering stride. A lope or canter is optional; as is additional video of the horse under saddle. Close-up video is also needed to view muscling, bone structure, legs and overall conformation.
Complete the Registration Application; include BLM Capture Information if possible. A $10.00 Inspection fee is required. If passed, the registration fee must be paid before HOA issues the registration certificate. You will receive notification about the Inspection decision. Please allow 4-6 weeks; we have to mail the photographs and or video to each Inspector.
200 E. Lakewood St. #128
Nacogdoches, TX 75965
Include SASE postcard for confirmation that your packet was received.