Inspection Expectations for IDHSNA Studbooks 
Each inspection site will have an IDHSNA designated official overseeing the inspection. This will normally be the Regional Chairperson and/or the IDHSNA Registration Officer. All requests and questions should be directed to the designated official.  The inspection panel will include two IDHS(IRE) appointed judges, the IDHSNA designated official(s) and a veterinarian contracted by the IDHSNA. 



All participants be prepared to present the following documents at inspection: 

  • Current recordation papers - MUST have marking sheet - the veterinarian will confirm that the horse being presented IS the horse on the marking sheet.

  • DNA must be on file with the IDHS(NA) registration office for any horse to participate.

Owner/handler of the stallion should be prepared to present him as follows: 

  • Must be presented in a bridle. Clean and brushed is expected; braiding is requested but not required. IMPORTANT: candidates for approval into the RID Studbook must NOT have their legs trimmed. The horse must be presented with his natural feathering.

  • Horse will be presented to the veterinarian for positive identification of the horse against it's marking sheet. Mares/ID geldings are not generally examined by the veterinarian for soundness. The inspection panel may request a soundness exam of a mare/gelding by the veterinarian.

  • Horse will be presented in-hand for a standing conformation assessment. The judges will walk around the horse, may touch him and even pick up his feet.

  • Will be lead in-hand at walk and trot as directed by the inspectors. They will want to see the horse move on a straight line away from and toward them at natural working walk and trot, so practice this. It will be conducted on hard ground - asphalt or similar surface. (Check with your regional chair to determine if the surface where your horse will be presented might require your horse to be shod.)

Stallions being inspected will have these additional requirements: 

  • Veterinary Endoscopic evaluation report completed and signed by a licensed veterinarian within 30 days prior to the current inspection date must be presented with the horse's marking sheet/papers.


  • The horse will be assessed at liberty.


  • The horse will be required to free jump at a height appropriate for its level of training and physical condition. There will typically be at least 2 jumps a small 'starter' fence and the main jump will be an oxer.

  • A veterinary exam will be conducted as part of the inspection process. This will include examination for soundness and freedom from inherited defects. Typically the inspectors will watch this examination as part of their evaluation of temperament. (The inspectors may require additional veterinary work at their discretion.)

  • The horse may be allowed to perform under saddle, time permitting, with the prior notification of and approval from the inspection site official.

The inspection panel's decision regarding pass, fail or deferment of a horse will usually be given at the time of inspection. The panel may choose to wait on a decision pending any additional information they deem necessary to come to a decision. 



All horses recorded in the Progeny Record are eligible to apply for an advisory/elective inspection. All advisory/elective inspections are conducted as part of an IDHSNA inspection tour.

The owner must present the horse at an inspection site arranged by the IDHSNA. Any horse age 2 and older should be presented in a bridle. The owner/handler of the horse should be prepared to present it in-hand for a standing conformation assessment and in-hand at the walk and trot as directed by the inspectors.


If it is not practical to present the horse in person, a video may be submitted. The video must show: 

  • Standing conformation shots from each side, the front and rear. Horse should be standing on firm ground where feet are clearly visible.

  • ​Walk in a straight line away and toward the camera, at least two round trip passes.

  • ​Trot in a straight line away and toward the camera, at least two round trip passes.

  • ​Lounging work or liberty work showing horse's gaits and carriage. Use good judgment in asking for activity levels that are appropriate for the horse's age.

Foals at/in an inspection - Any foal that is in the inspection area, whether for an advisory or accompanying its dam during her inspection must be on halter and lead with their own handler. This is necessary for the safety of the horses and all personnel that may be helping in the arena. 

Attire of handler - There is no set 'habit' for the handler. Quoting the IDHSNA registration officer, "Your horse should be shown in a bridle and be neat and clean. Braiding is recommended but not mandatory, the handler should also be neat and clean but remember they are evaluating the HORSE. A tidy appearance makes a better impression but the inspectors are experienced enough to see through a bit of dirt and hair." Be well groomed and present a good appearance. Wear shoes that are appropriate around horses AND be sure you can comfortably 'move out' with your horse in them, function is foremost. It is traditional for the handler to wear a jacket. Pants are fine for man or woman. Please avoid blue jeans and baseball caps. 

Veterinary - The society covers costs associated with the veterinary travel and professional fees incurred in the course of an inspection. It covers the basic examination as required by the veterinary soundness form. The society does not cover the cost of either the endoscopic exam required for stallions, or additional veterinary examinations outside the scope of the inspection exam that are deemed necessary to determine the fitness of a horse for entry into an IDHSNA Studbooks. It is the owner's responsibility to prove soundness if any question arises. Disputes regarding veterinary findings shall result in referral to an accredited college of veterinary medicine for examination by an equine medicine specialist whose opinion shall be considered final. All any/all such costs incurred are the owner's responsibility.

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