Based on the American Livestock Breed Conservancy website they list the "Parameters of Livestock Breeds on the ALBC Conservation Priority List" that includes the following:
The breed census satisfies numerical guidelines:
* Critical: Fewer than 200 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 2,000.
* Threatened: Fewer than 1,000 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 5,000.
* Watch: Fewer than 2,500 annual registrations in the United States and estimated global population less than 10,000. Also included are breeds that present genetic or numerical concerns or have a limited geographic distribution.
* Recovering: Breeds that were once listed in another category and have exceeded Watch category numbers but are still in need of monitoring.
* Study: Breeds that are of genetic interest but either lack definition or lack genetic or historical documentation.
As of right now ApHC has been registering around 3500 horses per year. A 1000 horse drop in registrations just might put the Appaloosa horse on the watch list. Some members of the ApHC have developed a plan that would bring in more members and more registrations to a "half" or "color" section of the ApHC. Unfortunately several members are in opposition to this new portion of the registry because it would allow horses of unknown breeding with Appaloosa pattering to be registered. The new section would be run in a manner similar to the Pinto registry in that any horse of Appaloosa patterning would be eligible to be registered. This new section would bring in new members and new registrations and just might save the ApHC from the steep decline it's been in the past several years. The strangest thing is that the vast majority of individuals opposed to opening up a "color" or part bred registry of any kind within the ApHC are the same ones who actually approved of the registration of a colt who had a Paint registered sire.
The ApHC is losing ground fast and some of it's own members refuse allow it to go forward and gain some of it's former popularity back. If you are one of the few members of the ApHC left, you need to get in contact with your BOD member and let them know how you feel.