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post #1 of 15 Old 05-29-2009, 12:54 AM Thread Starter
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This is going to sound ridiculous, but...

My two mares, Tanner and Magic, are almost impossible to tell apart without close inspection. If I'm standing right next to them, Tanner is -very slightly- smaller, and has more brown spots, while Magic has these scars on the insides of her back legs. But from across the pasture, that doesn't help.
Anyone have any ideas of how to differentiate one from the other? I don't keep halters or blankets or anything on them in the pasture, and I'd rather not cut a tail or mane short. So far, I've been using this neon green wax cow marker thing, and I draw a big 'M' on Magic's flank, and a 'T' on Tanner's, but it wears off pretty quickly, and I worry that reapplying that waxy stuff could be bad for their skin or stain their fur or something.
I've thought about getting one of those plastic collars they make for cows, but I'm not sure if it would be safe in the pasture or if they'd even work on horses.
My dad says to buy some hair dye and dye one purple, but I think that'd be taking it too far.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-29-2009, 12:59 AM
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Make a small braid and tie a ribbon on it. The braid will stay in for awhile.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-29-2009, 01:06 AM
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Pictures??
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-29-2009, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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Actually, I've never had any luck with keeping braids in... The tie always seems to disappear and the braid just unravels. ^^;


(Magic is closer to the camera)


(Tanner is closer to the camera)

These pictures are from last year, but they're not much different. I only know which is which in these ones because Magic had rub spots on her face from an ill-fitting halter the last owners had her in. ^^; And, it's close enough you can sorta see that Tanner has more spots.

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post #5 of 15 Old 05-29-2009, 01:27 AM
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They have super small rubber bands you can buy at walmart. They don't come out unless you make them. It's a way of doing it without having to resort to cutting something or dyeing something.
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The one on the left has more roaning on the neck than the one on the right does.
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-29-2009, 03:18 AM
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Braid someone a little bit. Unless the horse you braid has an absolutely ridiculous habit of rubbing and wreaking havoc in the pasture, it will stay in. I would suggest the forelock because it would be more obvious in the distance, I think. And like Solon said, braid in a really colorful ribbon.

Another suggestion would be to wrap someone's tail in vet wrap. But, then you'd have to buy vet wrap, and it wouldn't stay in as well or as long. =]

Good luck!

Oh, and I wouldn't feel bad about not being able to tell them apart. While we can see the differences in a picture that close, they would both be white horse-shaped blobs from a distance. It's interesting that you got such look-alikes. =]

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post #8 of 15 Old 05-29-2009, 08:29 AM
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Magic is white-Gray and Tanner is Fleabitten gray, though those fleabitten spots will fade as he gets older.

Magic has bigger ears and Tanner has a smaller muzzle. But you're right, they are quite close in look. Is there a reason you need to be able to tell them apart when you're far off? As long as you can tell which is which close up, it shouldn't really matter.
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post #9 of 15 Old 05-29-2009, 08:45 AM
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They are very pretty I say dye one purple, hehe jk. What about a tailbag for one or both of them in different colors? That way the braid will stay in too.
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-29-2009, 08:46 AM
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The one on the left has more roaning on the neck than the one on the right does.

Actually the one in front in the second picture has a longer mane.
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