Is it a brand?

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  • Are horses born in holding facilities considered mustangs
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    06-22-2009, 11:37 PM
Question Is it a brand?

Okay, I was really unsure of where to put this, but yeah... This seemed to be the best place.

When I got my horse, Wildfire, no one, including the people we got him from, knew anything about his history. I was looking over him today along with my friend/horse trainer. And she pointed to what I always thought was a scar on his neck and said it looked like an old freeze brand. I looked at it, and it looked like a faded brand, or like someone tried to remove it. Around the edges it's white. It acctually looks like a BLM mustang mark.. So, it made me wonder, is this a faded freeze brand (Can they fade...?) or is it a scar? Like I said, it looks like the BLM mark and the fur is a little courser and lighter and it has a few white hairs around the edges. I'm a little doubtfull he's a BLM mustang. He might be, he's got a lot of arab in him, and I suppose it's possible his daddy is an arab and his mommy is a wild mustang. I'll post pics when I get some lol. My camera's dead.
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    06-23-2009, 12:19 AM
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Freeze brands can fade over time, but I can't tell you anything else unless you put up some pics of his neck. Some ranches out west brand all their horses on the neck, so he might be from one of their ranches. What are the dimensions of the scar/brand?
    06-23-2009, 12:23 AM
As far as I know, the BLM only brands horses that are born either in the wild or in the holding pens at one of their facilities. How big is this brand? Does it look anything like this?

And as you can see, they are fairly good sized.

If it is not like that, of course there are other breeds that brand on the neck. I think racing standardbreds are branded there but I am not sure. It could also be the personal brand of the place he was born. I will await a picture to suggest further. :)
    06-23-2009, 11:24 PM
Yes it looks just like those pictures. Only it isn't on the top of the neck, it's towards the bottom, and it looks really faded. I've seen mustangs with their brand lower on the neck, but hmm. Tomorrow I will be able to post a few pictures of it.

brands, faded, freeze

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