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    05-06-2012, 09:50 PM
  #1
Yearling
Reading lip tattoo

Tomorrow my new gelding comes home! He is a 16.3 5 y/o TB gelding who has a lip tattoo that is extremely blurred & hard to read. When he gets here, I'm hoping to snap a couple pictures and start deciphering. I was wondering if there is anyone who has experience doing this and has any advice, or is interested in helping me out!
I should have pictures tomorrow night, just kind of wanted to get a feeling of who would be interested in it.
Thanks!
     
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    05-07-2012, 06:54 AM
  #2
Weanling
My horse's was fairly easy to read. If you can't, you can always contact the Jocky Club.
     
    05-07-2012, 07:39 AM
  #3
Green Broke
The jockey club has a great partial tattoo lookup that uses what you can make out and markings to give a list of possible matches you can sort through. I find it most useful to use photos rather than trying to just read it on the horse....it allows more tike to study each character and for manipulation of the image. Taking the photos in a dim area is best and use of a blacklight or photo color reversal is also helpful in highlighting the characters of the tattoo. Have at least two people ....... One to flip the lip and another to snap pictures. Don't try to get the whole tattoo at once it makes it less likely to get clear images of the characters.
     
    05-07-2012, 09:10 PM
  #4
Yearling
Thanks so much! I didn't get the chance to get pictures tonight- he was so ready for his dinner after our ride! But tomorrow I will have enough people to help me out. (:
I have looked at it & it's pretty faded out, but I've never read one before so it may just be me.
Thanks for the tips themacpack! I hope we can see what it says- I'm very interested in the rest of his info.
     
    05-07-2012, 09:22 PM
  #5
Started
My mare's tattoo was hard to read, I'd be happy to try to help when you post pics Post his color and any white markings he has as well
     
    05-07-2012, 09:33 PM
  #6
Yearling
He is a dark bay, no markings at all- nothing on his legs or face or anything!
This isn't the best picture, but this is him.



He's about five, as far as we can tell. They were calling him 'Jorden' or 'Jordon', but I'm not sure if that's drawn from his registered name or not.
     
    05-10-2012, 08:04 PM
  #7
Yearling


Finally got it! It's very faded, even in person. You can barely tell there is a tattoo in person.
I think I see a K-9-7(?)- ?
Let me know what you guys think!
     
    05-10-2012, 09:20 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Okay - you are just 'lifting' his lip, you have to actually "flip" it - basically you take ahold of it so your fingers are to the outside of the lip and your thumbs are up inside his mouth - then you 'flip' your wrists/hands and you have folded the lip out so you can see the tattoo clearly.....let me see if I can dig up some pics of when we were reading Aero's tattoo.......
On the markings, even without white markings they use identifying 'marks' such as cowlicks, etc. Look at his face and note the location, direction and number of cowlicks. These will come into play when reading through the list of possible matches.
     
    05-10-2012, 09:23 PM
  #9
Yearling
Okay, I'll try again tomorrow!
I'll also make note of his cowlicks. If you can find pictures that'd be awesome. I'm so new to this!
     
    05-11-2012, 12:25 AM
  #10
Weanling
K=2007 - his year of birth and should be followed by 5 numbers which will match his Jockey Club papers. The letter is the year of birth and his reg. Papers will be 07 followed by 5 other numbers. Ie 0712345 = tattoo of K12345. And you do have to really fold the lip up tight so that the skin whitens and really shows the tattoo.

Congratulations on your new boy!
     

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