Originally Posted by caljane
The current listed owner would be the breeder - who said hat he can not identify her ... maybe he remembers if Silberxx can throw some names on him. It is a bit though to understand, but these breeders are sometimes weird. I work with one together who number brands his mares. He never talks names but he calls them like "the old number nine mare". I don't think any of his breeding stock has a name. Of course, they are registered, but they are all refered to by number, color or something else that sticks visibly out.
Oh, so you've looked and the mare was NEVER transferred and is still listed as his horse. Okay, I missed that. Sorry.
I DO understand how some of those old breeders work. I know one very well, and when an auction house from 200 miles away calls him because his ranch brand is on a horse going through their auction. He asks them what the cheek and shoulder brand numbers are and in very short order, he knows EXACTLY who that horse is. He won't know their NAME, but he knows who they are.
There is a PURPOSE for those brands. They tell a story. With a little bit of record keeping, the story tells itself.