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    08-27-2012, 08:30 AM
  #1
Foal
Looking up TB with illegible tattoo

We're trying to find out more aobut our TB Cyclone. All we know is that he was sold as a 17 yr old Stallion last year at a horse sale. His tattoo is pretty illegible....ok, so it's VERY unreadable. LOL

I have pictures of him and his tattoo in my album. The pics were taken after he'd had his teeth floated a couple weeks ago. I'm going to try to get better pics today. Can anyone help us out???? I "think" th last 2 numbers are either 92 or 42....

Help in describing markings would be great too. Is his star a pointed star or a curved star opening to the left? I think I've got the description of his leg markings down, but it's the face markings that have me going Here's how I have his markings described:

Face markings: Bordered pointed star with connected bordered irregular
Stripe extends into right nostril ending between bottom
Of nostrils;

Leg Markings: Left Fore: ankle white, coronet black on inside
Left Hind: ankle white
Right Hind: pastern and part of ankle white, higher
On inside
Right Fore: partial coronet and part of pastern white on
Inside


He also has a cowlick on his face right below the star where the stripe narrows so much. A cowlick on the left side at "high crest" and cowlicks on both sides of jugular right behind jaw.

I am trying to look him up as color, black (in some of my pics he is very, very faded, but does not have the lighter colored points that would make him "brown"); sex, Horse

Here's the link to my album: http://www.horseforum.com/members/35...rse-pics-4744/


Thanks everyone....
     
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    08-27-2012, 09:14 AM
  #2
Started
Not sure if you've contacted the Jockey Club but they can be very helpful in identifying the digits. I was researching one last year and they told me to use a black light to help bring out the digits in the tattoo. The other problem with pictures is the glare from the lip, it can't be too bright but yet enough light to see. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Good luck
     
    08-27-2012, 09:23 AM
  #3
Weanling
^^^ yup true. Use a backlight!
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    08-27-2012, 10:25 AM
  #4
Started
If he's an 18 year old TB, the first letter would be "W" than 5 numbers. The 3 #s you can sort of make out have to be in the middle of his tattoo.

Drying his lip can help too.
     
    08-27-2012, 06:06 PM
  #5
Foal
Ok, so I NEED to get a black light. And I tried drying his lip today...didn't help much cause he wasn't too cooperative with me playing with his mouth. Hehehe I'm planning on sending a "help" to the JC with descriptions and pics to see if they can find anything. Problem is I really am not sure about the age. I'm going only on what I was told....and that came from the auction where noone seemed to know anything about him either (just that he was a 17 yr old black stallion) He could be older (or younger, but I'd bet on older). After looking at the tattoo again, I can only see 4 ink spots....does that mean anything?
     
    08-27-2012, 06:46 PM
  #6
Started
Large irregular star and connected stripe, narrowing in center of face, widening and becoming bordered flesh colored on bridge of nose, narrowing above nostrils, widening and ending between nostrils; cowlick slightly to left at eye level. Left fore: ankle irregularly white, higher on inside in back and in back. Left hind: half stocking, lower on inside. Right hind: half stocking, higher in front. Right fore: ankle white, lower in front.

That is the description for this horse, looks like it could match him, it's hard to say tho. I couldn't find a pic of Two Smart. Horse Name Two Smart Tattoo X08092 Year of Birth 1994 Dam Name Dancing Smart Color Dark Bay or Brown Sex Horse
     
    08-27-2012, 07:34 PM
  #7
Yearling
I don't think it can be Two Smart. On Pedigree Query someone listed him as having died in 2003. :3

As for the OP, I agree the flash on your camera has made it harder to read the tattoos. I took one or two of the pictures and fiddled with the blue/cyan saturation in PS as well as the contrast and I think it's something like

(LETTER)?642?

After what looks like a 2 there seems to be some random tattoo dye still so I would assume it's the last faded number. And I'm not too sure on the 6. In one photo it looks like a 6, from another slightly different angled picture I was messing with the hue/saturation and the contrast of the image and it looks more like another 2, lol.
     
    08-27-2012, 09:24 PM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strange    
I don't think it can be Two Smart. On Pedigree Query someone listed him as having died in 2003. :3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Strange    
I don't think so either as he doesn't have "stockings" at all...the white only covers his ankle. Plus, if he died....

As for the OP, I agree the flash on your camera has made it harder to read the tattoos. I took one or two of the pictures and fiddled with the blue/cyan saturation in PS as well as the contrast and I think it's something like I had tried that too, but mine didn't turn out very well. I'm not so good with manipulating photos

(LETTER)?642?

After what looks like a 2 there seems to be some random tattoo dye still so I would assume it's the last faded number. And I'm not too sure on the 6. In one photo it looks like a 6, from another slightly different angled picture I was messing with the hue/saturation and the contrast of the image and it looks more like another 2, lol.


I had thot maybe it was another 2 also. I'll try with those 3 tho and see what I can come up with. Thanks! I was hoping to get better pics today, but didn't get Cy where I could...maybe next Fri....
     
    08-28-2012, 12:17 AM
  #9
Started
Where on there does it say he died? I believe you, I just can't find it lol The star seemed to match a bit, I couldn't see the leg markings with enough detail so I figured it was worth a shot When I was trying to read my OTTB's tat I hit a lot of dead ends before I finally found her.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Strange    
I don't think it can be Two Smart. On Pedigree Query someone listed him as having died in 2003. :3

As for the OP, I agree the flash on your camera has made it harder to read the tattoos. I took one or two of the pictures and fiddled with the blue/cyan saturation in PS as well as the contrast and I think it's something like

(LETTER)?642?

After what looks like a 2 there seems to be some random tattoo dye still so I would assume it's the last faded number. And I'm not too sure on the 6. In one photo it looks like a 6, from another slightly different angled picture I was messing with the hue/saturation and the contrast of the image and it looks more like another 2, lol.
Quote:
Originally Posted by kccjer    

I had thot maybe it was another 2 also. I'll try with those 3 tho and see what I can come up with. Thanks! I was hoping to get better pics today, but didn't get Cy where I could...maybe next Fri....
     
    08-28-2012, 07:55 AM
  #10
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
Where on there does it say he died? I believe you, I just can't find it lol The star seemed to match a bit, I couldn't see the leg markings with enough detail so I figured it was worth a shot When I was trying to read my OTTB's tat I hit a lot of dead ends before I finally found her.
It was definitely worth a shot and I keep looking at any that seem close. Several get dismissed as soon as I see "gelding" because I KNOW he was a Stallion until last year (about the only thing we really DO know about him LOL and I would question that cept my nephew works for the vet) so it's pretty certain he won't be listed as a gelding in the registry!

I sent a query to the JC about him also with the information we do have. It's kind of tough since they want the birth year "at the very least". I sent pics also. "Dead ends" hehehehe I keep getting booted from the search for "too many searches" and have to enter the silly code thing to prove I'm a real person. LOL
     

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