Purchasing Guide

Photo Credit Bob Langrish Photography
(C) Copyright Photo Credit Bob Langrish Photography
Thinking about buying a Caspian Horse?

Check list:

1. Do your homework, read about the Caspian Breed.

2. See what is available for sale; search the internet for Caspian Breeding Farms, and individual Caspian horses for sale. As with other breeds of horses, the prices will vary depending on the age, sex, training level, etc. There is no standard price. (Remembering that as with all information on the internet you must verify and satisfy yourself of the accuracy of the information, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably isn’t.)

3. Determine what you want to do with your Caspian and what type would suit you. Proven broodmares and stallions for a breeding program, a gentle trained gelding for your young child, a well trained athletic gelding or mare for your experienced little rider to show, a pair of matched Caspians for adults to drive for pleasure or competition, young colts and fillies to raise and train for a future in the show ring or to enhance your breeding plan.

4. Talk with as many breeders and owners as possible, do not limit your choices, even though this is a rare breed there are over 600 Caspian horses throughout the United States, and most breeders have a few fine Caspians for sale to qualified homes and would be happy to refer you to another breeder or owner to help you find the right Caspian for your needs.

5. Be prepared to take on the responsibility of owning and breeding a rare breed. Current and accurate census information on EVERY Caspian horse is extremely important. Please read and understand the rules and regulations pertaining to Breed standards and the mandatory requirements for breeding and registering Caspian horses. (see Registration Forms) Familiarize yourself with the Caspian bloodlines. Study and follow breeding practices beneficial to the health, type and standard for rare equine breeds.

So you’ve found the Caspian Horse you want:

1. Visit the breeding farm; see the horse and owner in person. This is always recommended, pictures and videos are a wonderful way to begin you selection, but photos can be out dated or not represent the horse’s true beauty, temperament and personality.

2. It is standard in the Equine Industry to have a veterinarian perform a pre-purchase exam, and the CHSA highly recommends this practice, especially for first time horse owners. To be effective the veterinarian must be chosen and hired by you (not the seller). The cost of this exam is minimal considering the cost of the upkeep for a horse with chronic health problems. Be sure to have the veterinarian scan the horse for a microchip. The microchip number must match all the documents.

3. NO PUREBRED OR PARTBRED CASPIAN HORSE SHOULD BE SOLD OR REPRESENTED AS A CASPIAN HORSE WITHOUT AN OFFICIAL CHSA CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION. Ask to see the Certificate of Registration of the horse. An application for registration IS NOT PROOF of the horse’s eligibility for registration. There is only one International Caspian Horse Registry and most countries have ICS affiliated Caspian Horse registries.

4. Check the Certificate of Registration for this information:
a. It is issued from one of the ICS Recognized Societies.
b. That the description, photos and microchip match the horse.
c. That the current owner listed on the back is the person you are buying from
d. If it is a Stallion at least 2 years old, has been used or will be used for breeding, he should have a Stallion License.
e. If it is a mare in foal, that the mare was bred to a registered and licensed stallion.
If you have any questions concerning the status of a horses Registration, contact the CHSA Registrar @ [email protected]

So you made your decision

1. After you have agreed on a price, it is standard practice for the Buyer and the Seller to both sign a BILL OF SALE to confirm the details of the transaction. This is important. This way you can avoid any dispute as to ownership. The seller’s signature on any other form cannot guarantee ownership.

2. Both the Buyer and Owner must complete a Transfer of ownership form (see Registration Forms page) and send it along with the proper fee to the CHSA within 30 days of the sale. It is important to record the transfer of ownership as soon as possible after the sale. Only the current recorded Owner or Lessee of a mare or stallion can apply for registration of their offspring.

(C) Copyright 2016 Caspian Horse Society of the Americas