Help with reading a tattoo - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 09-15-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 1
• Horses: 0
Talking Help with reading a tattoo

Hi, I've been a "lurker" up till now and really appreciate all the wonderful info shared here! I bought a Thoroughbred gelding a few weeks ago (my first horse since my teens) and am unsure of his age or any other registration on him (papers, etc). I was told he is 10, but when I had him vetted the vet said he thought the first letter was a B which would make him 15. Perhaps an E (I say hopefully)? I took some pics of his tattoo and am wondering if anyone could try to make it out? The pics are at and I'd love to hear any guesses. Thanks for playing! I'll post back if I get any "hits" so that people like me who lurk might get some guidance on reading their own tattoos. He's a flea bitten gray with a white star and connected stripe down his face until you get to his sunburned nose, which is bare. When I got him his name was Melvin, don't know the source. Thanks, all!
wdaunheimer is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 01:33 PM
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: North Atlanta metro
Posts: 1,602
• Horses: 0
The B will tell you his age. The letters correspond with the year born. There are charts online. Cant link right now but if I come across it I will look to see the year.
aubie is online now  
post #3 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 01:42 PM
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: North Atlanta metro
Posts: 1,602
• Horses: 0
Just checked if it is a B he is 15.
aubie is online now  
post #4 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 02:08 PM
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 5,685
• Horses: 0
Can't help you with the tattoo, not familiar with lip tattoos, sorry, but...OMG, he could be the brother of my Beau( he's in my " critters" album on here, the gray with the white mane)..... im gonna have to check for a tattoo. He's a rescue thought to be TB or Appendix......
deserthorsewoman is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 09-27-2013, 11:29 AM
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 22
• Horses: 1
Sadly the tattoo is too far gone to read anymore.
TAPITOTTB is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 09-27-2013, 11:41 AM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Montana
Posts: 2,162
• Horses: 2
I cant make the first and last ones, but the middle numbers look something like a 5 and a 7. I could be wrong, but that is just what it looks like to me. The five could very well be an 8.

🔫 Don't Tread On Me 🐍
amberly is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need help reading a faded Thoroughbred tattoo ninjahorse Horse Breeds 31 10-21-2012 11:25 AM
What are you reading? JumpingJellyBean Hobbies 373 08-14-2012 07:27 PM
Reading lip tattoo horseluver2435 Horse Talk 10 05-11-2012 08:02 AM
Reading a tattoo? KDW Horse Health 5 09-22-2011 11:10 PM
Reading Thoroughbred tattoo. Please help. ninjahorse Horse Breeds 6 08-03-2010 10:14 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome