I just received the following message from someone in Australia. I would like to try to help her get some answers, but I am truly not familiar with the described brands. Can anyone out there decipher them for us?
I am trying to identify the brand of one of our warmblood mares and was hoping that you could give me a hint where to find more information.
She is branded on the near side shoulder with
And on the off side shoulder with
I was told she was a French Warmblood (imported to Australia) by French Kiss , her name is Miss Kiss
I have been searching the internet but could not find any further information. Obviously all European brands are on the hind and not the shoulder and I could not find the letters ARC as a brand at all. Can you help me with some more information or tell me where to look for it? Your help is very much appreciated and I am looking forward to hearing from you.
I don't know whether this is helpful or not but, the mare is not registered Selle Francais (French Warmblood) under the name of Miss Kiss. There is not a mare by French Kiss registered in the Selle Francais (French) database. Those brands do not appear to be French.
We have a 1980 Australian Hanoverian mare. She is branded on her left shoulder with the breeder's initials on top - RG and then the 'ranch' brand beneath TT with the tops of the t's connected. On her left hip/flank she has the standard H brand. On her right shoulder she has a 14 on top of a 0. The 14 defines her as the 14th foal and the 0 is for her birth year - 1980.
Standard Aussie branding as far as I know as I worked with a number of Aussie polo ponies and they were branded with breeder/ranch on the left and then foal #/year on the right.
Argentine polo ponies typically had a similar system on either side of their tails with Foal # & year...sometimes a 'ranch' brand also.
Annie's passport was a nightmare for some poor vet to draw in all her whorls, brands and other markings. But there was never any confusion as to which horse she was!