Originally Posted by verona1016
Can someone explain to me how branding keeps any horse from being sold to kill buyers at an auction?
When any livestock, including horses, shows up at a border or an auction with a brand, the person with it MUST have a brand inspection. The paper provided by a brand inspector is essentially the title to that animal. No title? The animal(s) are held until ownership is verified.
This only works if you operate in states where brands are respected by law. Vanity brands (those with someone's personal initials, or some picture they think looks western), brands that are put on for looks in places where there is no registry are useless.
Oh. And people do get brands on themselves. Hot brands. Then an abrasive substance is rubbed on the healing brand to promote keloid scarring. The raised scarring that some people do naturally.