Originally Posted by petitepyromaniac
When is it acceptable to brand a horse?
I know with Warmbloods, when they're registered they get the breed logo thing branded on them. And I know that people who raise quarter horses put their ranch's brand on all the horses they raise...
But if someone just buys a horse, do they ever brand all the horses they buy with their own brand? What are the pros and cons of branding your horse?
P.s. I'm not asking about whether it's HUMANE or not, and I don't want to start an argument over it. I just want to understand the point of brands, and why people do it, when they do it, the pros and cons, etc...
You certainly can buy your own brand. It's a matter of making sure your design is not being used in your area, you buy it and you can use it on your own horses or livestock. I think it's great if you have a good breeding program in place, because you are then advertizing your horses and making it clear to the public where your horses have come from.
On a more personal level, if its a matter of branding your own single horse, it's a little silly. I had at one point considered getting a brand for my horses(I bred miniatures), but ended up deciding against it. It's all a personal reason. Unless you are seriously commiting to a large number of animals, I wouldn't put the money into it.