Need help reading a faded Thoroughbred tattoo - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 32 Old 10-01-2012, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 190
• Horses: 2
Need help reading a faded Thoroughbred tattoo

My Thoroughbred mare is in her early 20's. The exact year is unknown. I'm guessing she is 23 years old and what we are seeing is the top part of an S in her tattoo. I really need some help her reading this tattoo. Identifying this mare is the key to also identifying the Oldenburg mare that came with her. Plus, I'd very much like to know both of their histories. I've tried darkening the picture, but I think I'm just not skilled at reading these faded ones.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg sprinkles 001.jpg (47.6 KB, 429 views)
ninjahorse is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 32 Old 10-01-2012, 03:29 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 4,378
• Horses: 2
Photograph the tattoo in a darkened area (ie in a stall) and using a black light (reversing the photo coloration can sometimes have a similar effect). Also, try focusing on just one or two characters at a time rather than aiming to get a "panoramic" photo of the entire tattoo - the latter increases the distortion you'll see in the tattoo and makes reading an already difficult tattoo more impossible.
With the condition of this tattoo you may be better served paying for the JC research or by using the partial tattoo lookup (combined with a description of the horse - color, markings, cowlicks, etc) on the JC site (though I am not sure you can even make out enough to use the partial look up)
themacpack is offline  
post #3 of 32 Old 10-01-2012, 04:02 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Palmyra, Wisconsin
Posts: 5,857
• Horses: 4
Try a flashlight at night.
natisha is offline  
post #4 of 32 Old 10-03-2012, 10:59 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Sterling, Virginia, USA
Posts: 750
• Horses: 1
Looks like it could be a 52 at the end...but I don't know. I have trouble reading my 4yo's tat XD
Reno Bay is offline  
post #5 of 32 Old 10-17-2012, 09:50 PM
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Bend, OR
Posts: 1,303
• Horses: 1
i worked on a rescue that received 33 TBs, most off the track. We had to identify each and every one. What we did is we used a free online photo editor and used the negative effect to reverse the colors. its pretty quick and easy and worked for us
countrylove is offline  
post #6 of 32 Old 10-17-2012, 10:16 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,167
• Horses: 5
I adjusted some of the settings, it does look to be a 52 at the end.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg horsetat.jpg (19.0 KB, 214 views)
ButtInTheDirt is offline  
post #7 of 32 Old 10-17-2012, 10:36 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,910
• Horses: 3
Here is a color inverted image as others have stated it looks to be a clear 52 at the end. I can't seem to make out any other symbols though. Maybe someone with better eyes could see something.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg sprinkles%200011.jpg (58.7 KB, 222 views)

~ Hope is never light years away ~
Phantomcolt18 is offline  
post #8 of 32 Old 10-18-2012, 01:10 AM
Join Date: May 2012
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 342
• Horses: 0
I see 52 at the end. Possibly a 6 before the 52 making it 652

His hooves pound the beat
my heart plays the song <3
SplashedOvero is offline  
post #9 of 32 Old 10-18-2012, 01:28 AM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 817
• Horses: 0
i see 32 at the end not 52
PurpleMonkeyWrench is offline  
post #10 of 32 Old 10-18-2012, 06:34 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,182
• Horses: 1
If you can guess the first letter or even a couple numbers, you can send a request into the Jockey Club after you make a free account and they might be able to help you find more information. I just put in the letter ("F" although I couldn't see it, she was born in 2002 so that'd be it), filled in the description with her racing name (although that isn't required) and they got back to me fairly quickly.

Forever loved, never forgotten; my beautiful Indie. <3 Hoofprints on my heart.
Jore 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
Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Tattoo HeroMyOttb Horse Talk 1 08-05-2012 11:42 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
faded..ugh!!!! chika1235 Horse Grooming 9 08-16-2009 09:37 AM

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