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post #1 of 32 Old 10-01-2012, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #2 of 32 Old 10-01-2012, 04:29 PM
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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)
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post #3 of 32 Old 10-01-2012, 05:02 PM
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Try a flashlight at night.
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post #4 of 32 Old 10-03-2012, 11:59 PM
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Looks like it could be a 52 at the end...but I don't know. I have trouble reading my 4yo's tat XD
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post #5 of 32 Old 10-17-2012, 10:50 PM
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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
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post #6 of 32 Old 10-17-2012, 11:16 PM
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I adjusted some of the settings, it does look to be a 52 at the end.
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post #7 of 32 Old 10-17-2012, 11:36 PM
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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.
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post #8 of 32 Old 10-18-2012, 02:10 AM
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I see 52 at the end. Possibly a 6 before the 52 making it 652

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post #9 of 32 Old 10-18-2012, 02:28 AM
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i see 32 at the end not 52
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post #10 of 32 Old 10-18-2012, 07:34 PM
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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.

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