A Thoroughbred tattoo has one letter, which indicates the year of birth, followed by four or five numbers, with horses over 25 years of age having only four. Horses foaled outside North America will also have an asterisk (*) at the beginning of the tattoo. The Jockey Club has a free tattoo lookup and research service here
as well as a Tattoo Frequently Asked Questions
which includes a video of how to read a lip tattoo.
A Standardbred tattoo always has five characters, either a letter and four numbers or two letters and three numbers. The first letter in the tattoo indicates the year of birth. You can look up a Standardbred tattoo online for free here
. There is also a list of all tattoo numbers by horse name for foals of 1996 through 2010 here
for horse identifiers at race tracks to use.
A Quarter Horse tattoo has four or five numbers followed by a letter, making it easy to tell from a Thoroughbred tattoo. You can get more info about Quarter Horse tattoos and registration here
and AQHA will look up a tatto number for free if you call them at [IMG]resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png[/IMG]806-376-4811.
Most Appaloosas are tattooed whether they raced or not, and some info about their marks is available here
. Arabians are also tattooed with the last six digits of the horse's registration certificate number.
Learn more here Horse Identification Lip Tattoos in Horse Racing
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