We have complied some information here that we think may be helpful for those looking to purchase their first Kiger. Finding the right breeder with ethical breeding practice is the first step in finding the Kiger that is right for you!
While general buying guides for horses cover a variety of information, there are certain aspect about buying a Kiger that are unique to this breed. We have put together a buying guide to help you find your Kiger partner.
Unfortunately, not all sales people are totally honest, and this can be found in the horse industry as well. Choosing a reputable Kiger Mustang breeder ensures a purchase that will be the right one. There are certain things that you should always be wary of and we’ve put together this list to remind you of breeding practices and procedures you want to avoid when looking for your own Kiger Mustang.
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The International Kiger Directory includes all known authentic Kigers whose pedigrees have been verified and traced back to either the Kiger or Riddle HMA.
Not included in this directory are Part Blood Kigers unregistered authentic Kigers and horses that trace back to an HMA other than Kiger or Riddle (aka Found Blood, please see the Kiger Horse vs Found Horse info below).
If you are a current Kiger owner or if you are buying your first Kiger, registering your horse is a very important aspect of Kiger ownership. Ethical breeders have registered breeding stock and in most cases register their offspring before they are sold. Please visit the Kiger Horse Association & Registry at www.kigerhorse.org to become a member and register your horses.
We would like this list to be as accurate and inclusive as possible as a means of providing a thorough resource for the public to utilize, especially for potential buyers wanting to be certain the horse they are considering is both registered and authentic.
Kiger Horse Association is not responsible for inaccurate information in this directory. Please notify the webmaster if you have reason to believe that information is incorrect.
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The “found horse” is a controversial subject within the Kiger community and it isn’t often understood. We want to make sure that everyone understands the difference and why we’re in support of registering these horses in a different division.
As described in the Bureau of Land Management Kiger Mustang brochure, the Kiger mustang is a wild horse with Spanish characteristics managed by the BLM in two special areas in southeastern Oregon. these two areas are known as Kiger and Riddle Mountain Habitat Management Areas (HMA's).
With the above definition of the Kiger horse, to be considered a true, full blood Kiger mustang, the horse must either have been adopted from one of these HMA's or their pedigree must trace back to one of these HMA's.
When the pedigree does not trace back to one of the above HMA's, but instead it traces back to another HMA, wild herd management area, these are referred to as "found" horses.
There was a time that the Kiger Mesteno Association allowed horses from these other wild herd management areas to be registered in their registry as full Kiger mustangs. This became very controversial within the Kiger community and caused tremendous turmoil within the KMA registry. This is when one of the founders of the KMA split off and started the Steens Mountain Kiger Registry.
Shortly after this time the KMA halted the allowance of "found" blood to be registered in their registry. However, the already registered "found" horses remained in some breeding programs and the offspring of those found horses continue to be registered today as full blood Kiger mustangs.
KHAR clearly identifies these "found" horses by registering them in a separate division called Appendix Division. In addition the registration certificate states the percentage of found blood and the HMA of origin. Other breeds have this type of registration category for horses that are not full blood. Only full blood Kiger mustangs are registered in the KHAR Traditional Division. This transparency was in dire need for the buying public as too many buyers have paid large sums of money for a Kiger that is not a pure Kiger mustang.
International Kiger Directory
Kiger Horse vs Found Horses