All applicants for registration must be accompanied by
a set of at least four photographs as provided in the APHA
Official Rule Book. These should be taken in good light and
include a front view, a rear view and views of both sides
of the horse. The entire profile of the horse must be in the
photograph. Pictures are also required on Solid Paint Bred applications.
If the horse being photographed is roan, gray, white or
palomino, good photographs may be difficult to obtain.
Thoroughly wetting the area to be photographed may help distinguish
the white markings.
Excessively long hair, dirt, mud, etc. will detract from
the white markings and may cause APHA to write for additional
photographs. Pictures taken a distance from the horse (for
instance, horse running in a pasture or within a group of
other horses) are usually not acceptable.
If the "natural paint marking" that is believed
to qualify the horse for the Regular Registry is of minimal
size or is not clearly visible in the four photographs, additional
pictures must be submitted. A qualifying area(s) must be one
solid white area in excess of two inches, within the prescribed
zone, with some underlying unpigmented skin. Unpigmented skin
photographs are not required if the qualifying area is an
extension of the blaze, chin white or stockings. See Rulebook
Rule RG-070 for diagrams and reference points.
*Photographs should be taken outside with no flash (morning
or evening lighting is best).
*The qualifying area(s) must be clean and the photographs
should be taken as close to the
spot as possible, yet to include the entire spot, and remain
CLEARLY in focus.
*Please remove halters for photographs of the head.
*Be sure the
numbers on the ruler or tape measureare large and visible in the
*Polaroids are acceptable but many times do not produce a
*Light colored horses should be wet to clearly show markings.
Photographs of the body spots should include, and must be
taken, in the following order:
1. closeup of the spot(s) before clipping
2. closeup of the spot(s) and surrounding area after the area
has been clipped (not shaved)
3. closeup of the spot(s) with a ruler held
beside the spot(s)
4. closeup of the spot(s) with a ruler held
directly across the center of the spot(s) (the
white must exceed the circle on two opposite sides)
5. closeup of the spot(s) after the area has been shaved (completely
remove the hair) to clearly show the
unpigmented (pink) skin. (We do not recommend using hair removal
products as allergic reactions
may affect the appearance of the skin.)
HEAD AND LEG MARKINGS
HEAD MARKINGS: Photographs of the extension of a blaze should
be taken from a direct sideview with the ruler held beside
the outermost portion of white. Photographs should be taken
in a manner to include the horse's entire head from the tips
of the ears to the tip of the chin with the ears forward.
CHIN MARKINGS: Photographs of the extension of the chin white
should be taken with a ruler held beside the outermost portion
of white. The corner of the mouth must be clearly visible.
FRONT LEG MARKINGS: Photographs should be taken to clearly
show the entire leg from the floor of the chest to below the
knee with a ruler held beside the uppermost extension of white.
The entire knee must be clearly visible. The horse must be
standing squarely and the camera held level to the area being
REAR LEG MARKINGS: Photographs should be taken to clearly
show the entire leg from the flank/stifle area to below the
hock with a ruler held beside the uppermost extension of white.
The hock must be clearly visible. The horse must be standing
squarely and the camera held level to the area being photographed.
DISCONNECTED LEG MARKINGS: Photographs of disconnected leg
spots should be taken to clearly show the hock and stifle
for hind legs or the knee and floor of the chest for front
legs as well as the underlying unpigmented skin. The horse
must be standing squarely and the camera held level to the
area being photographed. See instructions in previous section
for taking photographs of body spots.
Good photographs submitted in the manner described above
will aid in the registration of the horse. If good photographs
are sent with the registration application initially, it will
help APHA in determining the horse's status and eligibility
in a more timely manner.
For more information on the color rule or submission of photographs,
THE AMERICAN PAINT HORSE ASSOCIATION
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST
CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT
P. O. BOX 961023
FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76161-0023
(817) 834-APHA (2742)
(817) 834-3152 (Fax)