During a routine dental float, my dentist/vet found an odd tattoo under my horse's top lip. He is stumped and so am I. My horse is an Appy. Was supposedly registered but prior owner didn't have papers. (I am trying to track him/them down.) Prior owner had him for 6 yrs. So I know he didn't race then, but maybe as a youngin'? He is at least 13 yrs. Old...but probably more like 15-20 the dentist thinks based on his teeth.
The tattoo is not horizontal like most racing ones. It looks like this -
X x x
X x x
It's in vertical columns...all numbers....just as pictured above.
Some ideas are a registration of SOME sort?? Racing? Rescue? Research? Imported from somewhere?
Does anyone have any ideas? I've had a few people tell me he is built a bit like a thorobred but he has been a hard keeper and needed weight. As he rounds out I am seeing less of that but I suppose it is possible. He is not quick or "racey"...slow and lazy is more like it :)
I'm waiting to hear back from the woman who sold him to me and also the Appy club but wondering if anyone has any ideas as to how I can find the origination of this mysterious tattoo? Thanks :)