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Transfers of Ownership
Some Notes from the Registrar
The AHS strives to ensure that Transfers of Ownership are accurate and timely. Our rules mandate that every step in the ownership chain be documented back to the original owner. Buying a horse is similar to buying a car or a house. You are paying a lot of money and want a "clear title".
What are the downsides to not having a horse you sell transferred out of your ownership? Depending on what state you live in, you might find yourself legally responsible if the horse were to hurt someone. The court would see that you are the current owner of record, not the person in actual possession of the horse.
Why make sure the horse you buy gets transferred into your name? For one thing, unless you are the current owner of record of a mare entered into our studbook, we cannot register the foal in your name. Also, you cannot compete for AHS Awards if the horse is not in your name.
Generally transfers go very smoothly, however, there are a few areas that can be troublesome:
Our current Transfer of Ownership Form requires the signature of both the seller(s) and the new owner. As safeguards, when a transfer takes place, if possible, signatures are compared (we have discovered some forgeries!).
We recommend that when selling a horse, you have the buyer sign the Transfer of Ownership Form at the same time they sign the Bill of Sale. If you want to make sure the horse is transferred, you could include the price of the transfer in your sale price, and when the check has cleared, send the registration papers, the signed Transfer of Ownership Form and the fee to the AHS Central Office. We would complete the transfer and forward the papers to the new owner with a blank Transfer of Ownership form for future use. We also accept Bills of Sale in lieu of a Transfer of Ownership as long as both the horse and parties are identified and both the seller and buyer have signed it.
Transfer of Ownership Forms are available for downloading from this site and from the AHS Office.
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