Identification Methods

What type of identification methods do you use for your horses?

Freeze branding
Hot branding
Lip tattoo
None of the above

Total votes cast: 521

Comments & Write-in Answers

Hot branding horses is illegal in Australia

4/7/2014 7:04:41 PM

I have them microchipped now, would like to get them freeze branded soon.

4/7/2014 4:16:50 PM

One horse has a lip tattoo because he was part of the Arabian Racing Indust. 2nd horse has no ID.

4/7/2014 3:28:36 PM

but want to get a freeze brand

4/7/2014 2:57:00 PM

My horse was branded by his breed registry

4/7/2014 2:08:18 PM

One is an OTTB, the other just her attitude

4/6/2014 4:18:15 PM

brand inspection paperwork

4/5/2014 6:30:26 PM

Detailed photos

4/5/2014 1:40:00 PM

I refer to their registration papers.

4/5/2014 7:32:17 AM

I have photos and breed registration, but nothing marking the horse.

4/4/2014 5:51:34 PM

my registry requires microchipping

4/4/2014 10:51:00 AM

My horse has very unique and distinct markings which would easily allow me to identify her.

4/4/2014 9:01:40 AM

I have a tattooed OTTB and an unmarked TB/Bel x mare

4/4/2014 7:51:01 AM

pictures, and registation, the only ID, we have appy's, so marking are pretty unique

4/4/2014 6:05:12 AM

Our thoroughbreds are all DNA rgistered and also we take EXTENSIVE pictures of each one.

4/3/2014 11:08:28 PM

As most of mine were OTTBs, lip tattoed but anything I own in the future will be micro chipped

4/3/2014 9:51:48 PM

i would keep mine safe at home

4/3/2014 8:15:01 PM

My Lusitano is microchipped but my mixed breed mare is not.

4/3/2014 7:58:26 PM

I have 18 miniatures..each one has a chip.

4/3/2014 6:10:18 PM

I would prefer hot branding, but let my brand certificate expire.

4/3/2014 2:55:21 PM

I microchip all horses but also have warmbloods w hotbrands from breed registries

4/3/2014 12:21:49 PM

My 5 horses all have microchips

4/3/2014 8:54:27 AM

have only a "charm" with contact info on halter/bridle

4/3/2014 7:42:24 AM

required for Thoroughbred horses which race

4/3/2014 12:24:15 AM

and a pet id tag on the bridle

4/2/2014 6:59:20 PM

uniquie patterns, scars and markings

4/2/2014 4:35:47 PM

color video and still pictures

4/2/2014 4:15:23 PM

My OTTB's of course have lip tattoos.

4/2/2014 1:28:24 PM

I buy OTTBs, all lip-tatted. If one was not I would microchip.

4/2/2014 12:08:15 PM

I use dog tags

4/2/2014 12:00:45 PM

One horse freeze branded with ranch brand of breeder, others have no ID. Have considered micro-chips

4/2/2014 11:00:30 AM


4/2/2014 6:54:06 AM

would like to microchip

4/2/2014 1:21:14 AM

we have a registered brand

4/1/2014 10:00:16 PM

I asked my vet to microchip my 11 horses, she said not necessary! Thought. I was crazy!

4/1/2014 9:25:08 PM

She was freeze branded when I got my sweetie.

4/1/2014 5:40:59 PM

Should do microchip, but haven't.

4/1/2014 5:02:31 PM

1 of our 3 came with a brand

4/1/2014 5:01:53 PM

was thinking of microchip, but heard problems with chips migrating

4/1/2014 4:58:51 PM

Was branded when

4/1/2014 4:55:02 PM

I would like to chip but my vet doesn't like them.

4/1/2014 4:50:45 PM

Great way to id an equine up close or from a distance.

4/1/2014 4:50:08 PM

OTTB has a lip tattoo.

4/1/2014 2:26:33 PM

I am interested in learning more about all procedures, including pros & cons.

4/1/2014 11:41:11 AM

Photos and registration

4/1/2014 11:30:17 AM

My OTTB had lip tatoo when I got her.

4/1/2014 10:54:18 AM

just have pictures of all sides and markings

4/1/2014 10:25:58 AM

My OTTB has a tattoo, although it's a bit hard to read.

4/1/2014 9:21:58 AM