Frequently Asked Questions


  • For INFORMATION about the IDHSNA Inspections, please contact our Registrar & Member Services Coordinator: Lucy Stevenson. Phone Lucy at 406-540-2199 or send her an Email. You may also reach Lucy Stevenson at 4617 Store Lane, Stevensville, MT 59870.

    Alternatively, contact your Regional Chair for information. A link to the Regional Chairs list is at the bottom of this section.

  • WHICH HORSES ARE INSPECTED AND WHY? Stallions and mares are inspected by a panel of inspectors from Ireland to make sure that they have excellent conformation, movement and temperament so that the quality of breeding horses remains high. Geldings may also be inspected. Purebreds can receive Registered Irish Draught status. Part-breds become Registered Irish Draught Sport Horses.

Related Links: [ Region Map & Contact Links ]

How do I get listed as a breeder of ID and IDX horses?

You must be a member in good standing and REQUEST to be listed [email web administrator]. In like fashion you must let the web administrator know if you DO NOT want to be listed. This list is a scripted listing but is MANUALLY maintained.

How can I help promote the breed?

Share your love of the Irish horses with others. Members of the Society may request the 3-fold brochure "Get to know the Irish Draught and the Irish Draught Sport Horse" from their regional chairs. This professionally developed brochure gives a history of the breed, breed characteristics and some famous horses as well as an invitation to join the IDHSNA Society. Contact your Regional Chair by clicking on your state to request brochures for your next educational event.

I'm a member, how do I get my login?

Please contact the the web committee. Use the link on contacts page or email web administrator.

How do I get help with my password?

Please contact the the web committee. Use the link on contacts page or email web administrator.

How May I Update My or My Horses' Profiles?

'Member' or 'Agent' [see "Who Can Update My Stallion's Page?"] must access their authorized pages by selecting: "Member Login"; and providing their UserID and Password to access "Member Mypage". This page provided the information visible online to the public and provides you the opportunity to update or correct that information online.

From this page you may: Edit your personal information [remember what you see is what the public will see]. You may edit your horse(s) profile(s), add photos, and sort the order of your horses on your personal page to your liking. You may also add a new horse or add a sales horse at this location.

Please be aware that all changes will go through the 'Monitor" process before release shall be final. Any pending changes to do with you horse(s) will show at the bottom of your page until they have been approved and released.

Forgotten User ID and Password?

You may go to the Member log in section and try to "RETRIEVE" your user name and password by typing in your 'email' address. If you are successful an automatic email will be sent to your e-mail on file with the information... NOW, there is one MAJOR exception to this...

IF you have more than one user set up with the same e-mail, the system will not be able to identify which one is asking, so will not be able to return a positive response. For each user you have in the system, please take care to assign an individual email.

You may also contact the web administrator for the information if you are unable to retrieve it using the tool at web administrator.

What if I don't see my horse(s) on my account

Horses have been linked to members based on their official records with the IDHSNA. Check you horses papers. If you are listed as the owner, please contact the Web Committee so they can research the problem.
If you are not the owner of record, please see the forms page for a transfer of ownership form and take the steps necessary to properly record ownership of your horse with the society.

How Do I add a horse I own and registered that does not show up under my profile?

By using the same screen as you use when you add a sales horse in the member section... First go to and log into the Member Section as normal (see section under FAQ if you have questions). Once logged in, adding a horse is actually a simple process...

1) GO to Section "ADD A NEW HORSE"; 2) Click on Add a Sales Horse (which we are trying to get changed to read, Add a New OR Sales Horse); 3) Complete the Horse Registration Section (including identifying the Registering Body); 4) Ignore the Sales Horse Only Section (including description); and 5) CLICK SUBMIT

The horse will be added to the Monitor section of the website for administrative review and you will see your submission move to the Pending Changes section on your member page.

How do I place a horse FOR SALE?

The SALE pages are for the member in good standing's horses. As a member in good standing, if you wish to have your horse listed on the sale pages and your horse is registered with the IDHSNA, you simply edit the profile of your horse. Scroll down to the SALE section of the profile and enter the text you wish to appear in the "Brief Sale Description" box. Fill in the price if you wish and SUBMIT. You may add photos using the photos button, see previous FAQ for tips on how to do so. The changes you made to your horse's profile will be sent to our site monitor and after verification will be released. The monitor has to select the sale section where the horse is to appear. If you check your profile and your sale text shows, but the horse is not yet showing, email the web administrator for assistance.

How do I list a sale horse not registered with IDHSNA?

The Society accepts free of charge classified ads from members in good standing only.

Any advertisement from a lapsed member will be removed following the date when memberships are considered lapsed. (March 31)

Horses advertised for sale must be owned by a member in good standing and meet the following criteria (7.13.17):
  • must be recorded in the IDHSNA registry, or
  • must be a foal (defined as year of birth) or inutero offering eligible for the IDHSNA registry, or
  • must have a Certificate of Pedigree from IDHSNA.
If you are a member in good standing and your horse meets these requirements, sign on to your member account. You will see a button to "Add a Sale Horse" which should be used to submit your proposed horse and sale information. Your submission will be reviewed in the website monitor for possible addition to the sale pages.

(If your horse is registered with the IDHSNA but not showing in your profile or if you have submitted a sale horse and your sale text shows in its profile, but the horse is not yet showing on the sale page; email the web administrator for assistance.)

Who Can Update My Stallion's Page?

A single "Agent" is required to be identified as the person authorized to make updates on a given stallion. That "Agent" may be the owner or designee of the owner on record.

Only Owners who are IDHSNA Members in good standing have access to update, change or authorize/assign a designee [Agent] to make changes to their stallion's profile.

Non-member owners will need to coordinate changes to their horses profile with the IDHSNA registration officer. All non-members are asked to reflect their change requests in writing to the IDHSNA Registration officer for consideration.

How do I change my Stallion's Roster Photo?

The access to the roster photo is only available to the web administrator at this time. Please contact IDHSNA Web Administrator with a copy of the photo you wish to use.

How do I get my horse's photo on its main page?

First be sure you are logged on and at the screen for "Member Mypage".
Find the horse you want to add a photo to and select the purple [Photos] button.
The next screen that comes up offers 2 options,
in the 1st section:
  Main Photo   click the orange [Edit] button.
(Its an edit button rather than add because the software assumes every horse has a main photo - even if its invisible. You are going to save a real one over the invisible one.)
Now use the browse button to find the photo you want on your computer and click save.
Warning... large size photos will be rejected. You'll have to reduce any photo of 1Meg or more in size BEFORE you attempt to upload it.


    Traditionally, Irish Draught horses were the farm horses of Ireland which were most numerous in the South and West of Ireland. They were used for general-purpose farm work. Typically, a horse would have to do light tillage, pull a cart and go hunting. Since farms have become mechanized, horses are not used as much for farm work but they are still bred for their abilities under saddle and in harness. They are also bred because they make excellent foundation stock for the production of sport horses. While it is a relatively rare purebred Irish Draught that makes it to the upper levels of competition, horses that are Irish Draught combined with Thoroughbred or another breed can become world-class athletes in show jumping and eventing. MORE...

    No. The Irish Draught is a middleweight horse, similar to a Warmblood or the bigger-bodied type of Quarter Horse. It was not used for heavy work such as ploughing in difficult soils or heavy transport so it remained light enough to make a good riding horse. Heavy horses such as Clydesdales and Shires were used for heavy work in Ireland.

    A Registered Irish Draught horse is a purebred horse that has been inspected by Irish standards and has passed. Currently, only horses that have Registered Irish Draught parents are candidates for approval as Registered Irish Draught. Registration, including an inspection process, started in Ireland shortly after the turn of the century in order to improve breeding stock and their progeny. It continues today in all countries where there are breed societies: the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

    "Irish Draught Sport Horse" is a classification used by the Irish Draught Horse Societies of Canada and North America for horses of combined Irish Draught and other blood, usually but not necessarily Thoroughbred. Horses that are purebred Irish Draught but are more of a "sport horse" type than a true Irish Draught can also be classified as Irish Draught Sport Horses. MORE...

    Traditionally, crosses between Irish Draught horses and Thoroughbreds were formally called "Half-breds" or commonly "Irish Hunters". When the term "sport horse" came into common use in the mid-1980's, the term "Half-bred" was replaced by "Irish Sport Horse". Currently, "Irish Sport Horse" is also used for any horses that are registered on the Irish Horse Register , the government-maintained registry in Ireland, which do not necessarily have any Irish Draught or Thoroughbred blood, though most do.