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post #1 of 17 Old 12-16-2013, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Standardbred tattoo-how to make it readable and can white come later in life?

My husband and I purchased as standardbred horse from a local farmer. When we looked at his current coggins paperwork, it stated he was tattooed on his upper lip, which indeed he is. We can make out ?338?. We are fairly certain it is S3386, but not sure. Needless to say, his tattoo comes back to a horse named Generation X, but it states he has no white marking, but our gelding has a white left front coronet band and a faint irregular crescent shaped star on his head. Even with putting in ?338?, none of the horses that come up match our new horse. Does anyone know how to help bring the tattoo more toward the surface as it has faded? I have heard a black light will help, is that true? Is it possible for the white coronet band to have appeared as he got older and matured or that they just never marked it when he was tattooed?
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Would you be able to post a pic of the tattoo and see if anyone here could try to decipher it?
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post #3 of 17 Old 12-16-2013, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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I can sure try too. If I can get him to cooperate lol. I am beginning to think that he thinks I am crazy cause I keep wanting to flip his lip lol.
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Does it not have a neck tattoo?
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post #5 of 17 Old 12-16-2013, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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no, no neck tattoo
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Standardbred tattoo's are sometimes difficult to decipher as they can have different layouts. They should have 2 letters followed by 4 numbers or 1 letter and 3 numbers. But on the odd chance they can can be 2 letters and 4 numbers, as my gelding has.

The first letter will show the year of birth. In this case it would be 1997. Older horses will still have lip tattoo's while the newer generation have the freezebrands.
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It may be possible that it is the correct horse as faint markings and a half a coronet may not have made it to the registration papers. I also say post a photo and see what we get. A black light may help but I have never heard that. The USTA (United States Trotting Association) switched over to freeze brands about 18ish years ago. They switched for this exact reason, too hard to read those tattoos!
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my farrier said the same thing that the marking on his head and hoof may have just been faint as a two year old and became more noticeable. I will definately try and get some pictures. All I know is that if I search ?338? on the standardbred website, Generation X is the only one that seems to even remotely fit. Some additionally have the freeze brand and one that I though might be a match actually died in 2005, so it isn't that one. All the other have obvious white markings, but none that match my new buddy.
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The other thing that might be worth doing is calling the USTA. The online records only go back about 15 years. If you call them they can get older records. This is how I got some history on a 30 year old mare that had never raced.
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The other thing that might be worth doing is calling the USTA. The online records only go back about 15 years. If you call them they can get older records. This is how I got some history on a 30 year old mare that had never raced.
I think the records go back more than 15 years, as my gelding shows up and he is 23.
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