Oh my god!
I was on this thread reading and totally interested, and I followed that link and found Drifrer's brand
How in the world did you happen to have a link for registered Mississippi brands when you are from Cananda?
*its a small world after all*
I actually was eventually able to already track down his brand but it took a lot of sleuthing and asking of questions. And here you had posted a link with all of my answers! Haha
But anyways, OP, definitely look farther into this. I bought Drifter from an auction as "grade" and it just kept nagging at me that a grade horse was branded and was sold as having no notable history .It didnt make any sense to me and I followed my gut and researched it.
When I tracked down his breeders (the ones who had branded him with the LEE on his left hip) I discovered he had been essentially stolen from them in a deal gone bad. He had been missing for a year and a half by that point and they had given up hope of finding him. I emailed the woman and said I had acquired a horse with her family's brand and was curious about what she could tell me.
She emailed back almost immediately and told me to call her. She said she hadnt even needed to open up the pictures of him I had attached in the email. She read my description of him and she knew who it was. He had a GREAT backstory, and I still remain close friends with her and her family. It helped me to appreciate Drifter a little more, especially since they were kind enough to allow me to keep him when they had every right to have him back.
So don't give up OP and keep investigating. It will be worth it when you find answers