I wasn't sure where to post this. If it is inappropriate in here, moderators please delete.
I was wondering what the rules/laws are for branding....chemical or freeze? I am also wondering if this was a good theft deterrent? Do laws vary by state? Is it difficult to do? How do you come up with a brand design?
Freeze branding is the most painless way to go. Most vets will do it if you provide the brand. I don't have any of my horses branded at the moment but I know of a lot of horses that were stolen and found due to thieves being unable to hide the brand. You should be able to look up regulations by state online.
I am wondering how you create a brand? Also, what happens if you move out of state? Do you have to register the brand?
you don't 'create' a brand you have to actually buy the brand logo which is specific for the type of livestock you're branding unless you buy a brand which can be used on a number of different types of livestock.
if you're only planning on doing this to one horse you may want to consider implanting a microchip via your vet which is simialr to the ones they now use for dogs and cats
I thought I would rather have a 'visable' theft deterant. With a micro chip you would physically have to take the horse to a vet or whatever to have it scanned. With an outside brand you can identify much quicker, and would hopefully deter people from stealing a horse to begin wih. We are military and move around and I have my horses transported....it worries me at the thought of them being taken.
My poor boy (out of NE) was branded with what looks to be wire (think wire coat hanger here) with his birth year and the mare's number. It is ugly but you can identify him that way. Edited to add a picture of Tango's hip. Not a good looking identifier but it does ID him
To the op, you can design your brand and if you want it registered will have to follow guideline of your state.
Do a search on google for branding irons. Call your livestock board for what you can do if you are registering your brand. You will not have to register your brand in all the states. Make sure you have a copy of it and that if your horse is registered that it is marked on him papers.
Freeze Branding Iron Set - 3" High, 3/8" Face ~ Freeze Branders (Sets) ~ Branding
the best advice is to google your states requirements. Every state is different. When I lived in nevada, we considered doing the branding thing and our state would let you design your own brand. Obviously there were requirments on size and shape (so the brand wouldnt blur) and you had to go online to see what brand designs were taken.
In states where there arent any brand inspections it seems like brands arent too much of a deterant if someone wants your horse- you dont even have to have paperwork on the brand if you run them through an auction (unless its a mustang).... where as in nevada, if they pulled you over with a trailer and you had a branded horse with no paper work, they could and would confiscate that horse until you provided the appropriate paperwork..
as for micro chipping, those chips dont come standard and unless you have a reader that will read the chip implanted (pretty common)- they can be pretty useless.
great advice peppersgirl. But I do think a brand even if it is not registered (which is the case with my horse, Tango) would help identify him. Not very many dun/roans with ugly a$$ numbers on their hip :(
I would love to find a brand to help hide them but since that will not happen I am thinking of doing a registered brand with a cross to hide that ugly 1
I agree 100% about the brand making your horse identifiable incase of theft (especially if you have a common colored/marked horse), im just saying that its not always a deterant. when the slaughter plants were still open, i have heard of horror storries that brands did even save horses from that fate. they would just save the hides from any horse that was suspected stolen.. I wonder if brands without paper work keep slaughter bound horses from crossing the border?
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