Important information for potential buyers of Falabellas.
Updated 12th May 2017
people are looking for a Falabella to buy, they may not be aware that
there are a number of sellers/breeders who are currently abusing the Falabella name
order to pass off non-Falabella horses.
A Falabella horse is a pedigree animal whose bloodlines can be traced back more than 150 years to one ranch in Argentina.
The Breed Standard has been approved by the Argentine State as well as their Genealogical records.
The Asociacion de Criadores de Caballos Falabella is the only entity admitted by the Argentine State to keep these records. The records kept by the ACCF are also filed with the Argentine Association for Horse Development (AAFE)
There are many part-breds or 'blends' that are currently being marketed as Falabella horses, both in the UK and elsewhere.
Unfortunately it is often the case that once a client has been the subject of fraudulent marketing, they too will continue to call their horses Falabella horses.
Fact: there are only two authorised Studbooks sanctioned by Sra. Maria L. B. de Falabella - the FSE (European Falabella Studbook) and the BFS (British Falabella Studbook) both requiring DNA testing in order to 'parentage qualify'.
We applaud the efforts of the IMHPS (International Miniature Horse and Pony Society) as their Premier Register of Falabella Miniature Horses '1P' also requires DNA testing and was set up with the best intentions whilst the 7 year wait for 're-enrollment' was conducted by the mother studbook the Asociacion de Criadores de Caballos Falabella. However there are many non-Falabellas on the IMHPS 'Register 1 The World-Wide Register of Falabella Miniature Horses' the wording of which is misleading in our opinion.
The International Falabella Miniature Horse Society also registered a number of non-Falabellas, finally closing it's doors after an investigation by the Advertising Standards Authority.
We have the greatest of respect for all animal life. A part-bred Falabella or 'blend' is just as loveable as a Falabella and may look identical.
It can have registration with a number of different societies and can enter many different classes at shows - there is no reason why a part-bred Falabella cannot become Supreme Champion at a show.....
Prior to her first Falabella imports, Lady Fisher had a miniature horse stud based on Shetland and British Spotted Ponies. Some of these were later crossed with the Falabella imports. Those Falabella imports were DNA tested for AMHA registration in the 1990's and this has been a useful tool in establishing the Falabella lines, some of which had found their way onto the registers of several unauthorised societies.
The family tree of a beautiful part-bred Falabella, Andrea 11 of Kilverstone, full brother to the famous Edwardo of Kilverstone.
Many of Edwardo's progeny have been registered and sold as Falabellas, appearing on a number of un-authorised societies registers.
However, a client should be entitled to know the truth. They should not have to ask if a horse advertised as a Falabella is a real one and they should complain if they discover non-Falabellas being marketed in a manner that may mislead.
Horses come under 'The Sale of Goods Act 1979' so if buyers discover they have been the subject of fraudulent marketing they should have legal rights in place to protect them.
At the very least, a client should be able to see that a pedigree traces back to Argentine imports 100% and if not, the word 'part-bred' should be made clear.
If a breeder cannot be honest on this point alone, there may be other things they are not disclosing.
During Maria Falabella's later years, Susan Eckholdt was her UK representative, charged with speaking out against the fraudulent marketing of the breed in the UK.
Foaled in 1993, Sabre was undoubtedly the first of the ultra quality true Arabian/thoroughbred type Falabellas.