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Silberxx 01-29-2013 03:29 PM

Quarter Horse Brand Search
Hey guys,
So I've one maybe someone can help with. I have a QH that was pulled from a kill pen at an auction in Dallas,TX in 2010. She was 3, and the people that pulled her, were told they could only do so if they signed a contract saying that they would never tell who was selling them to the kill pen. By doing this, they were allowed to save horses from each group before they were sent to the kill pen. That being said, I have NO information on where she came from. I'm assuming she's 100% QH. Not sure though, she might even be registered, but I might never know if I can't figure out these brands! I'll post pictures below, but essentially, here is what she has:
A 7 on her left butt cheek
A 16 on her near shoulder
And what is either waves, or two half/quarter circles on her near hip.

That being said, if anyone looks at her and sees something other than QH...that helps a little too. Because then I know what else I might be looking for. My theory is that whoever branded her, clearly valued her as something, and they're likely not the people that wanted to unload her to the kill pen. So if I can find the people that first bred her, maybe I can find out if she's registered, where she came from, and possibly let them know that her life was spared.
There's a theory that the 16 on her near shoulder identifies which mare she was born to/what number foal she was. And also that the 7 designates the year she was born (2007), which would be accurate. But I also read somewhere that they put the mare/offspring number on the off shoulder. The near shoulder is usually a ranch brand when it comes to Quarter Horses.
She was born in 2007, according to the dentist, she'll be 6 this year. So that lines up. But if anyone can offer any guidance to the rest of it (or if the 16 is indeed a ranch brand)..or if even these brands aren't exactly what I thought and they're not a 7, but an upside down L...etc.. Or even a confirmation about what to call the waves lol
I need some fresh outlooks. So here we go. Pictures.

(The first picture is the from the day I bought her. She'd never been touched except to get a rope halter on her, and to be branded 3 times. So grooming was out of the question at that point.)

Silberxx 01-29-2013 03:34 PM

It helps to add that I no longer live in Texas. I live in Michigan, so I can't very well go ask anyone around there. It's also not for sure that she came from Texas, just that she ended up there.
And too that even if I could search for her brands, I wouldn't know what to accurately call them all. Especially the waves.

stevenson 01-29-2013 03:39 PM

try googling ranch brands in the USA

Silberxx 01-29-2013 03:42 PM

I've spent days and hours doing so : /. Nothing even similar to any of them comes up. All I can find are brands that are ten-fold more intricate. I even tried searching the texas brand registry online, which you must do county by county, and you have to describe the brand with words, then it tells you that the brand is registered in that county. Except, it doesn't tell you if it's a cattle or horse ranch. Or what the name of the ranch is (in most cases). So I e-mailed every ranch in those counties where the brand was registered....and turned up absolutely nothing.

Spotted 01-29-2013 03:43 PM

You can call a branding inspector, they might be able to help. I believe all brands are recorded.

texasgal 01-29-2013 03:45 PM

Brands (in TX) are recorded by county and there are 285 or so counties ... I wish they had a national database...

Spotted 01-29-2013 03:48 PM

Silberxx 01-29-2013 03:55 PM


Originally Posted by Spotted (Post 1868507)

Well that certainly helps.
Because that's one of the few that I couldn't figure out how to read if it was.
Can brand inspectors be emailed? Because I have a feeling the brand I need (the rolling waves, or double quarter circles...whatever they are), is a local brand. Not the brand of a well-known ranch. But since I don't know where she came from...I'd have to contact the better half of all 48 continuous states' inspectors...because Texas is the last stop for horses going to mexico for she likely (and probably did) came from somewhere other than Texas. Although it's not for sure.

stevenson 01-29-2013 04:06 PM

it said reverse L could not be registered as it conflicted with 7
I would still look under US Gov Brand records. or try that , or brand inspectors.
I would ask the rescue, where the horse originally came from, not the ranch, but the state or county. you would not be able to get her papers , as you are not the recorded owner, and do not have the sign off transfer papers.

texasgal 01-29-2013 04:11 PM

I think the two squiggly lines is the ranch brand ... I was looking at "Two Rivers" and stuff for that brand.

The numbers on the shoulder and butt can sometimes be an identifier for the rancher.

My geldings have the registered ranch brand (PR) on their left hip. On their cheek (face) is the number of the year they were born (9 and 10), THEN on their left shoulder is two numbers on top of each other. One of them indicates which stallion is their sire, the other is what number foal sired by that sire.

If their sire was stallion #11 and they were the 4th foal by that stallion that year then they were "11 over 4"

I said all that to say this: Look for the two squiggly lines brand .. I bet it has something to do with "rivers" ... the numbers are probably just identifiers..

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