Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
First you will need to design your brand and get it approved by your state for a specific location on your horse (rt shoulder, etc) and decide what size you want - needs to be big enough to see but not so large to look gaudy. Many suggest a 3 inch or so brand.
Once you get your brand design you can Google search for brand makers. Most will clearly state which types of brands will work for freeze brands vs hot branding.
As to branding - you can do it yourself with dry ice. Most of the brands will come with directions telling you how long to hold it on. Don't forget to hold it on longer for grays and other light coat colors to kill the fur. However, for brand clarity you may prefer someone else to do it. I would talk to locals - vets, feed stores, and/or brand inspectors if your state has them for suggestions on who can do it for you in your area.
You may also want to check with Kryo Kinetics. They use freeze brands similar to mustangs to put a unique ID on your horse. No matter what state your horse ends up - they will be able to trace the horse, unlike regular freeze brands that are registered by state so if the horse ends up across state lines they may not be able to figure out whose brand it is.
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