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    02-01-2014, 10:31 AM
Help identifying a tattoo

Hello everyone! I'm not new to horses but I am new to ownership, I recently bought a sweet but spirited grey mare, Pepper, after seeing her price fall weekly on craigslist until she got to near slaughter pricing (I bought her for $500.)

Her prior owner bought her for his kids; he was in over his head and knew very little about horse care. She was very underweight when I brought her home, and to save money he'd been trimming her hooves himself and they were in terrible shape. All he could tell me about her is she is 6 years old and supposedly a purebred Quarter horse with papers that he had lost.

It's been a month now and she's gaining weight, she had a real trim from our Farrier and jumps with joy when she's let out to run. The other day when sniffing a can of soda my friend noticed Pepper has a very easy to read tattoo! I was shocked, and now I'm hoping it can help me learn a little more about her. I don't even know her birthday or real name, as her prior owner just called her "Baby."

The tattoo is either L4106S or L41065

It doesn't look like your standard Quarter horse tattoo configuration. I'm trying to upload a photo but I'm on my phone and not having any success. Any ideas?
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    02-01-2014, 10:42 AM
I was able to upload a few photos in an album on my profile, but not the thread. This first picture of her on the lead rope is the day I brought her home, hence the bones :(

She flags her tail when she runs like an Arabian, I'm wondering if she's not pure Quarter after all?
    02-01-2014, 10:43 AM
Where is the tattoo located? Those numbers sound like Standardbred tattoo numbers.
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    02-01-2014, 10:46 AM
Sounds like a Thoroughbred tattoo to me. You can join the Jockey Club for free online and do a free tattoo lookup. You will need to enter her tattoo and her markings.

I have a mare who turned out to be a very successful racehorse from a prestigious Kentucky racing farm. The sent her to the kill buyer when she didn't get pregnant one year.
She's an amazing trail and barrel horse now.

Let us know what you find out.
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    02-01-2014, 10:48 AM
Oops, forgot to ask if the tattoo is on her upper lip. Didn't realize standardbreds have some letter/number system.
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    02-01-2014, 10:52 AM
It's on her upper lip. I've looked up the tattoo on the US Trotting Association website but it matched a 1992 gelding. She's only 15.2 so I never even considered Thoroughbred but I'll look into it.

She was being boarded about 1/2 mile from the US-Mexico border here in San Diego and my husband is convinced she may have been imported. If so I don't know if I'll ever match this tattoo!
    02-01-2014, 10:53 AM
If he is a 6 yr old dark bay/brown gelding, he may be, according to the Jockey Club, Titanium Halo.
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    02-01-2014, 10:55 AM
It's a she. So probably not titanium halo... I have never heard of a QH with a lip tattoo.
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    02-01-2014, 10:57 AM
Oh dear, Lol! Definitely not Titanium Halo.
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    02-01-2014, 05:31 PM
Does anyone know if AQHA will still research a tattoo for free over the phone? I tried calling but I think they're closed weekends.

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