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I got him from a couple I know; the wife had told me he didn't have a tattoo, but when the husband dropped him off today, he said he did - and sure enough....

The problem is I haven't been able to read all the numbers yet. He's not particularly pleased with me lifting his upper lip long enough for me to figure out what the numbers are. They are really hard for me to make out. There is definitely a 4 a 0 and a 5 but I'll have to try again later to figure out the rest.

Gus (or Super Sonic as my four year old wants to call him :lol:) was given to us (I bought him for a buck :wink:), and the more I learn about him, the more lax the previous owners seem in his care.

His feet need to be done, his teeth need floating, his sheath needs cleaning, he hasn't been dewormed in over 6 months, he needs shots, and they think he came to them last August with the case of rainrot still on his back (assuming they are even right about it being rainrot), he has some little cuts on his legs, plus his mane and tail look like they may have not been brushed since they got him.

He did have lots of fun kicking up his heels once he got into his living space (he's been stalled for several months now :?, so he probably had lots of pent up energy).

Bonus points for making it through my rant....Now the reward - Pictures of my new boy :D.

Getting up after a good role :D.


Making the rounds - I hope he cuts down on the pacing once he settles in or he's going to be harder to get weight back on than I thought.


 

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You can now do searches with partial tattoos on the jockey club website - all you'll need is what you can read of the tattoo, the gender and basic color/marking info. It will give you a list of possible matches that you can then narrow down using the specific marking info for each tattoo listed.
 

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Also, try having a second set of hands help you so they can "flip" the lip while you do the reading. Take the horse into a dark place (stall, for example) and use a light (a blacklight works great - you can get little handheld flashlight style ones in the sporting good section of WalMart). Also, it can be helpful to not try to read the tattoo on the lip. If you take pictures you won't have to hold their lip up nearly as long and you can study the photograph(s) as long as you need to make out the letter and numbers as well as zoom in/out on the photo
 

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If your gelding doesn't like having his lips handled, let him sniff something stinky, like a cut onion or a towel that has been sprayed with windex (don't let him eat it or anything though). Often times, this will cause the horse to lift their lips in the flehman response. Maybe that would help you read his tattoo?

He is one handsome boy by the way! :)
 

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Thanks! I did manage to get some pictures while my daughter was grooming him (he was surprisingly cooperative, but I think he was just very relaxed because of the grooming). I need better ones, though, so I'm waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for it to be dark enough to try the black light idea.
 

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He has a very nice face, he looks regal, even when underweight. I can't wait to see before and after shots. I got a horse a couple months ago that was underweight, not as much as gus, and he looks great now. Good job on giving him a good home!
 

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I love his face marking! He's going to be a looker once he's got some weight on him.
 

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If you post the pictures you got, I can get onto my JC account and see if I can come up with anything. Anything to pass the time until the Preakness.... :)
He is adorable, btw. I'm a sucker for an OTTB!
 

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Unfortunately these are the best photos I managed to get. I haven't hassled him past that day. The black light didn't help make things any clearer when I tried that night.

I spent a ton of time on the jockey website trying to figure out who he could be, but it'd be great if anyone else wants to take a go at it.

The vet I had out Wednesday aged him at about 17. The only two numbers I am sure of are 5 and 4.








 

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That last number looks like a 0 to me... Maybe the last three numbers are 540?

Good luck in your search! That's really cool that you're able to figure out actually who he is. I would love it if I could find that out about Lacey.
 

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I agree with Wallaby. 540. You don't know his exact birth year? I can't make out the letter, but if he is 17, it would be an M. J,K, and L are before that (for the years 1990, 1991, and 1992 respectively) and after are N, O, and P. (you do the math on that one, LOL)

Good luck in your search!

ETA: MY INFO WAS INCORRECT! It should be a W if he was born in 93
 

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Alright so here's what I found based on the markings....tell me which one you guys think is correct!

For tattoo number : X10540 (which would make him 18 )

"Diagonal star pointed to left and connected short mixed stripe, ending in center of face; cowlick to left in star"
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For tattoo number : X30540 (again 18 )

"Curved star open to right on top; short narrow stripe to right on bridge of nose; cowlick to right above eye level"
 

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Unfortunately, I don't think there are that many numbers in front of the 5.

I think the number after the 4 is a 0 or 8, I didn't mention my guess before, because I didn't want to bias anybody :wink:. I'm leaning more towards 0, but it's so faded I wanted to leave my options open.

There's a # symbol at the beginning. Then the smeary number (or letter), then 5,4,0(maybe), and I think there might be a 7 after the 0. On a lark I punched in 5407 and foreign born, but I can't imagine my guy is actually from Ireland.

"Ezra *35407 - Curved star open to left and connected tapering stripe, becoming a broken line of white hairs and extending to left on bridge of nose, ending above left nostril. Double horizontal cowlick at top of eye level."

BTW, when they refer to left and right, is that the horses left and right (like in a biology text)?
 

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I would bet money that this horse is indeed Ezra, I am now very curious! :)
 
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