General FAQs

  • Can cross bred horses be registered with USLA? +

    Cross bred horses are not eligible for registration at this time.
  • How can I verify my horse's DNA Parentage? +

    All horses are required to have a DNA profile on file with USLA. If this report was generated by a lab which is not recognized by APSL it will not be considered valid proof of Parentage Verification. The USLA recognized labs are UC Davis and Alter Real.
  • How do I request a Transfer of Ownership? +

    To initiate the process of transferring a horse from the current owner to a new owner complete the Transfer of Ownership Form on USLA. In order to submit forms, a USLA account will need to be created. The Transfer of Ownership Form should be completed by the new owner. The transfer will be considered pending until the receipt of the Transfer Confirmation Form from the current owner.

  • How is USLA Funded? +

    The US Lusitano Association is funded via:
    • - Membership subscriptions
    • - Studbook-related service fees
    • - Sales of logo items
    • - Donations, including sponsorships
  • I am having difficulty locating a horse in the APSL Public Studbook. What should I do? +

    On occasion the name you have for your horse's sire or dam may not be exactly the same as it is listed in the public studbook. Sometimes if the name is too long, only part of the name will be listed. If this is the case, it is best to look up by the NIN or Breeders Section Number (LA). Alternatively, if you know the sire’s sire(grandsire) or dam(granddam), or the dam’s sire(grandsire) or dam(granddam), their offspring (descendants) will be listed under the pedigree and you can click on the NIN number next to the name to view their pedigree. If no descendants are listed or your horse’s sire or dam is not listed as a descendant, then it is likely they are not registered with the APSL. If you are having trouble finding this information, please contact our registry office for further assistance.
  • Is my horse eligible for APSL registration? +

    In order to be defined as a Pure Blood Lusitano or PSL (Puro Sangue Lusitano) both parents must be registered/inscribed with the APSL (Associação Portuguesa de Criadores do Cavalo Puro Sangue Lusitano). Both parents must have a Breeders Section (LA) number. If one or both parents does not have a Breeders Section (LA) number your horse is NOT able to be registered as a Pure Blood Lusitano. You can find out if you horse’s sire and dam have Breeders Section (LA) numbers by going to the APSL Public Studbook HERE and doing a search. If you are having trouble finding this information, please contact our registry office for further assistance.
  • My horse has IALHA (International Andalusian and Lusitano Horse Association) papers, are they eligible for APSL registration? +

    If both of the parents of your horse are registered with APSL and also have Breeders section numbers, your horse may be able to be registered with APSL.

    In order to be defined as a Pure Blood Lusitano or PSL (Puro Sangue Lusitano) both parents must be registered/inscribed with the APSL (Associação Portuguesa de Criadores do Cavalo Puro Sangue Lusitano). Both parents must have a Breeders Section (LA) number.

    If one or both parents does not have a Breeders Section (LA) number your horse is NOT able to be registered as a Pure Blood Lusitano. You can find out if you horse’s sire and dam have Breeders Section (LA) numbers by going to the APSL Public Studbook HERE and doing a search.

    For assistance determining if your horse may be registered with APSL, please please contact our registry office.

  • What are the Birth Section, Birth Ledger, LGN, and LN Numbers? +

    These terms all refer to the same number. Once a horse has been registered/inscribed with the APSL they are issued an LN number. On the APSL Public Studbook website the LN number appears as “Birth Section”. You may find it alternatively listed as the “Birth Ledger” number or LGN.
  • What are the Breeders Section, Book of Adults, LGA, and LA Numbers? +

    These names all refer to the same number. Once a horse is inspected/revised they will have papers that display the LA number on them. The LA number means the horse has passed inspection/revision, has a score, and was approved for breeding. On the APSL Public Studbook website the LA number appears as “Breeders Section”. You may find it alternatively listed as the “Book of Adults” number or LGA.
  • What are the requirements for the Microchip? +

    APSL requires that all horses be uniquely identified with a 15 digit code through microchip. Microchips starting with the prefix 900 cannot be used because these chips could have duplicate numbers. Prior to registration, the microchip number must be read and verified by a veterinarian on the Horse Diagram Form. If your horse has a pre-existing microchip that is not ISO 11784/11785 compliant a new compliant microchip will need to be placed. Microchips may be purchased from the USLA online store or purchased independently if they are ISO 11784/11785 compliant.
  • What is the difference between PSL and APSL? +

    APSL is the Association for Pure Lusitanos. The organization registers all lusitanos worldwide and holds the studbook for the breed. PSL is the Portuguese horse breed, Puro Sangue Lusitano.
  • What is the NIN? +

    Each animal is issued an “NIN” or national identification number by the Association.

    Having an NIN for a horse is the easiest way to locate that horse in the studbook, as the NIN is unique for each horse, while names are often not.

  • Who Governs USLA? +

    USLA is governed by a Board of Directors.
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Breeder FAQs

  • Is a "Breeder Membership" required for breeders? +

    A breeder membership is NOT required for any person or company.

    Breeders may wish to join as "Breeder Members" in order to take advantage of the significantly lower pricing offered for services with this membership.

  • What are the naming requirements for Lusitanos? +

    Every Lusitano born in a given year must be given a name beginning with a prescribed letter. In addition, the name must be no more than 19 characters long. For more information, see the detailed article here.
  • What are the requirements to host a revision event? +

    1. Hosts are responsible for meals/snacks for the judge while at the revision site and during their stay. This is not covered by USLA.
    2. The costs related to the judge are charged to owners on a pro-rated bases.
    3. USLA does not collect the monies for the horses attending the location or the collection of the split charges. This is the responsibility of the host.
    4. USLA makes all the hotel and flight arrangements for the revision location to ensure a smooth transition from location to location. The host is responsible for the payment in full to USLA for the arrangements made to their location via credit card. A credit card authorization, copy of the credit card and identification must be provided for payment.

    Breeders may choose to participate in an inspection event with several breeders or host a solo inspection arranged by USLA. When participating in an inspection event, the judge fees and expenses will be divided amongst the breeders and prorated depending on the number of horses per breeder. If the breeder chooses to host a solo inspection, they will be responsible for all of the judge fees and expenses. Dates for inspections are communicated through USLA newsletters, on the website and on the Facebook events page.
  • What are the steps to register a horse? +

    In order to be defined as a Pure Blood Lusitano (PSL) both parents must be registered with the APSL Book of Adults and both parents must have a Book of Adults number(LA). If either of the parents does not have a Book of Adults number(LA) your horse is NOT eligible to be registered as a Pure Blood Lusitano.

    To begin registration, complete and submit the Horse Registration Form and Horse Diagram form online to USLA through your USLA Account. Complete instructions are found in the form.

    Once you have filled in the form, download and print the form. The next steps must be completed by an approved veterinarian. The horse will need to be DNA Profiled to confirm parentage and microchipped for registration to be complete. The Horse Diagram Form must be completed by a vet, signed, and sent to USLA. DNA Profiling must confirm the horse’s parentage. If your horse has already been profiled through UC Davis Lab, Alter Real Lab the lab number may be submitted for confirmation. If your horse has not yet been DNA Profiled USLA can assist in completing the lab. When parentage is confirmed in a DNA Profile the results will be submitted by USLA to APSL and Alter Lab and a Birth Ledger Number (LN) will be assigned.

  • When should inspection be requested? +

    Please make sure the following requirements have been met prior to applying for inspection.

    Stallions:
    1. Registered/inscribed with the APSL with Birth Section number (LN).
    2. Must be 4 years of age or older.
    3. Must be under saddle and able to be ridden at a walk, trot and canter.
    4. Semen Report submitted to USLA.

    Mares:
    1. Registered/inscribed with the APSL with Birth Section number (LN).
    2. Must be 3 years of age or older.
    3. Able to be free lunged at a walk, trot and canter.
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