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    03-07-2008, 05:46 PM
Need help deciphering "mysterious" tattoo?

Hi! I am hoping someone can help. Calling all Appy and TB owners!

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 :)
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    03-07-2008, 07:01 PM
Well it's not the Appy club's tattoo. I'm stumped. Any ideas?
    03-07-2008, 07:07 PM
What other breeds does she have in her bloodlines? Do you know if she's doubled registered?

I'm thinking it could be a tattoo from wherever she was bred. Since some put a brand on their horses, maybe they did that so it's not visible.
    03-07-2008, 07:10 PM
He's supposedly all Appy, but I've had several people tell me they see thoroughbred in him...he's kinda' lanky but in all honesty he did need to put weight on, and he is finally gaining. I'm not good at judging breeds or identifying them. He looks appy to me and he's definitely not "racey"...but he is older.
    03-07-2008, 07:15 PM
If you have/know his registered name, i'm sure you could look him up on pedigree sites.

My mare is an app, but further back in her bloodlines, she has qh and tb

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