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post #1 of 6 Old 09-15-2013, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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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 http://flickr.com/gp/wendyspics/9y4ENL/ 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!
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 01:33 PM
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The B will tell you his age. The letters correspond with the year born. There are charts online. Can't link right now but if I come across it I will look to see the year.
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 01:42 PM
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Just checked if it is a B he is 15.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-18-2013, 02:08 PM
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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 going to have to check for a tattoo. He's a rescue thought to be TB or Appendix......
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-27-2013, 11:29 AM
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Sadly the tattoo is too far gone to read anymore.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-27-2013, 11:41 AM
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I can't 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.

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