All new ICAA registrations must have N/N 5-Panel* or 6-Panel* test results on file with the ICAA . Horses with parents/grandparents who have N/N 5-Panel/6-Panel* test results do not need 5-Panel/6-Panel* tested, but the ICAA must have the parents/grandparents N/N 5-Panel/6-Panel* results on file. Test results must have case number, lab reference number, or other number specific to the testing facility.
Foals from positive breeding stock must test 5-Panel/6-Panel* N/N (Exception: Horses that are heterozygous positive for recessive defects are eligible for registration if gelded or spayed.
All new ICAA stallion or mare registrations must have their DNA Profile (ISAG+) on file with the ICAA approved testing facility, which is currently Animal Genetics (AGI). Profile results must have the lab reference number specific to AGI. A DNA Profile on file with the ApHC is not accepted; however, their results may be purchased and sent to AGI to enter into their database for a small fee.
All ICAA stallions and mares must have their DNA Profile (ISAG+) on file with the ICAA approved testing facility, which is currently Animal Genetics (AGI), before their offspring can be registered. Profile results must have the lab reference number specific to AGI. A DNA Profile on file with the ApHC is not accepted; however, their results may be purchased and sent to AGI to enter into their database for a small fee.
Geldings and spayed mares are not required to have a DNA Profile (ISAG+) on file.
If a mare is exposed to more than one stallion within a sixty (60) day period, a DNA Profile (ISAG+) of the mare, stallions, and the resulting foal will be required in order to determine the correct sire before the foal can be registered. The owner(s) will pay the cost of testing through AGI, unless the results are already on file and provided to the ICAA.
If a mare is bred by artificial insemination (AI), including by shipped semen, a DNA Profile (ISAG+) for the mare and stallion must be on file with AGI, and the resulting foal must be DNA Profiled for parentage verification. The foal’s DNA Profile must be compatible with the stallion and mare’s DNA to be registered.
If a foal is the result of embryo transfer, a DNA Profile for the donor mare and stallion must be on file with AGI, and the foal must be DNA Profiled for parentage verification. The foal’s DNA must be compatible with the stallion and donor mare’s DNA to be registered.
Testing for LP is recommended, but not required, for breeding stallions and mares, and for phenotypically solid horses.
All test results will be added to the horse's information on their Certificate of Registration.
The ICAA is authorized to randomly and/or selectively require parentage verification through DNA Profiling (ISAG+) of any ICAA registered horse.
At the discretion of the Board of Trustees, the ICAA may require genetic testing for any additional genetic disorders determined to threaten the well-being of the Appaloosa breed.
Genetic testing done for any reason will be done at the owner’s expense.
* 5-Panel Test: HYPP, HERDA, GBED, PSSM1, and MH. *6-Panel Test: HYPP, HERDA, GBED, PSSM1, IMM, and MH. Note: IMM has been added to AGI’s genetic test package, so it is now considered a 6-Panel. This is relatively new, so is not yet required on horses which have already been tested, but could be required in the future. Care should be taken on any new horses tested to be tested through AGI or a lab that is also conducting 6-Panel tests.
ICAA believes that allowing horses with genetic disorders into the registry is destructive to the breed.
Horses testing positive for these inherited genetic diseases, or any other genetic disease the ICAA deems to be detrimental to the Appaloosa breed, will be denied registration unless otherwise stated above.
To learn about current science available to assist in making informed breeding choices, go to the Animal Genetics website where you will find links to descriptions of all of the diseases/disorders important to Appaloosas, as well as links about LP, PATN1, other patterns, and coat colors.
For current paid-up ICAA members only, ICAA has partnered with Animal Genetics to give considerable discounts on several packages. Use the specific form dedicated to the ICAA/Animal Genetics partnership which shows the various packages and fees. This form should be used for the DNA Profile (ISAG+), especially, as this gives us automatic access to the DNA for parentage verification purposes.
ICAA does not make any money from this partnership. You will submit the fee directly to AGI with the submittal form and hair sample.
When you click on the link below, you will need to scroll down to the Genetic Testing section.