On all of the Central Inspections and at the inspections in the UK and USA, there are also inspections for foals. Besides that there is an opportunity to visit the inspection and the inspection in the UK with your foal. During the inspection your foal will be judged by a qualified jury. The jury examines the foal and decides if it possesses the desired qualities. If the foal has a proper build, is it able to move correctly; the jury will comment on each foal. The foal-inspection offers the breeders a nice opportunity to compare their foal with other foals. By holding these foal-inspections, the studbook receives more information about the inheritance of the parents. The studbook uses this information to inform the breeders about the quality of inheritance of the sires. As a breeder, you can use this information to help you with the choice of the stallion.
An additional advantage in the UK is that your foal can be sketched on the spot and that hairs can be pulled for DNA. Not only do you save the costs for the veterinarian who would have had to sketch the foal, no DNA research has to be performed for foals accepted into the foal book.
Riding horse foals, harness horse foals and Gelder foals can present themselves at a foal-inspection. Foals must always be at least one month old at the time of the inspection. At the Central Inspections in Holland it is determined which foals can go to the National Foal Inspections which are held during the KWPN Horse days. The best foals will compete for the Equimax Foal Cup.
It is important for the foals to be well prepared for the inspection. To practice for the inspection it is wise to have the foal become familiarized with the halter at a young age. After that you can teach them to walk properly with you while they are attached to a halter rope, which is very important on a large inspection-terrain. During an inspection the foals have not lost all of their foal hairs. The inspection-committee only examines the quality of the foal and does not pay attention to colour or coat. During the inspection a foal’s health is more important than shiny hair. Completely shaving the foals is not recommended, because shaved foals are more likely to get a cold when they are outside in bad weather. Shaving the whiskers around the nose and eyes is also discouraged. The hairs are part of the organ of touch and protect the horse against bumping. Shaving the pastern cavities or het inspection is functional, because the jury is better able to judge the position of the pastern. The foal’s mane are supposed to be braided at the inspection.
The foals are presented to the jury accompanied by their mother. During the individual presentation the foal is positioned in front of the jury with a halter, in order to judge it for posture. To judge the movement of the foal the mare will be kept at hand during the presentation. The foal can then be judged freely on walk, trot and canter as indicated by the jury. When all the foals of a particular category are judged, the jury will decide the order of quality and the final score, provided with comments by the chairman of the jury.
It is important to understand the guidelines and rules concerning the foal inspection. All necessary information is contained in the rulebook, which should be carefully read prior to the inspection. You may register for the foal inspection by using the entry form in the Schedule or by clicking on the link below. Entry fees are listed in the rates list.