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  1. #1
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    Default Is there a master list of ranch brands anywhere?

    I recently acquired a little grade horse with a brand on his left stifle. I have no idea of his history, so I have no idea what state he was foaled in. Any suggestions on tracing the brand?

    Thanks!
    Cindy
    Cindy



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    Nope. You could try contacting brand boards, although that's really going to be a shot in the dark. In Texas, for example, each COUNTY registers brands.

    If you post a pic, someone might recognize it.



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    Yep, brands can be repeated in different states and counties. Some areas have their brand books online, but most probably don't. If it is a different/unique brand someone may recognize it. If it is something common, it may be hard to figure out without knowing which area the horse came from originally.



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    If it is a hot brand, chances are the horse may come from a western state.
    If a freeze brand, no telling, as those are used all over the country.

    In some western states, brands are a very serious matter and bought and sold for thousands of dollars.
    The state has a brand registry and brand inspectors.
    You can't sell horses or cattle without a brand inspection.

    Other states, as in TX, brands are still important, but not as well regulated.
    Every so many years you go to the county court house and register your brands there and you may have to register them in several counties you may have cattle or horses.
    Still, someone in a nearby county can register the same brand and have cattle across the fence from you with it.

    I know people that have put an ad in the Livestock Weekly newspaper with a picture of their horse's brand and someone, somewhere knew of the brand.
    You may try that if you can't find anything online.
    You can buy an ad online for their printed magazine, that goes out to several western states and reaches the many people still today without computers.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post

    Other states, as in TX, brands are still important, but not as well regulated.
    Every so many years you go to the county court house and register your brands there and you may have to register them in several counties you may have cattle or horses.
    .
    In Texas it's ten years ---there is a six month window of renewal--and every cattle/horse auction is supposed to have a brand inspector to record brands passing throught he auction... record person saling/person buying



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