White passports are still representing a very high proportion of equine registrations in Ireland which is of no benefit to the Traditional Irish Horse sector or the equine industry in general. The TIHA development strategy will promote responsible breeding of quality horses that requires fully recorded pedigree to achieve recognition within the TIH Category of the ISH studbook.

Through our development strategy, TIHA aims to educate breeders on the merits and benefits of breeding horses using the best genetics.  The scientific and market driven strategy will be focusing at all times on quality. The benefits will include a reduction in the breeding of horses of inferior quality. TIHA aims to focus the minds of breeders and producers,  building on a foundation of recorded pedigrees of merit that are fit for purpose and market so as to improve the standard of the Traditional Irish Horse.


It is a legal requirement that all premises where horses are kept be registered. Registration is free. TIHA welcome this measure which is necessary for the purpose of effecting a country wide approach to equine disease management.


Through the TIHA development plan, the TIHA will be continually reviewing annual data and production numbers and sales figures.  This knowledge will help to ensure that there is no over breeding of the wrong product to contribute to welfare situations of horses of low value and with no market.   The TIHA is striving to ensure responsible market led breeding only. Through a wide range of communications platforms, the TIHA breeder will have access to a wealth of data to support and guide them to be in position to make informed commercial decisions in relation to their breeding plans  leading to better-bred horses fit for purpose and market


Irish Horse Welfare Trust