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  • Can someone look up a tattoo for me?

    I don't know where you look up tattoos, but from what I can see, the horses tattoo is F01612 i THINK. Its somewhat blurred and the 0 isn't positive. I'm going to take a better look later, but again its blurred. I'm told the horse is 5 but frankly I don't believe that. He acts more like 25 .

  • #2
    There's no match for that number. What's the sex, color and markings of the horse?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Cammie View Post
      There's no match for that number. What's the sex, color and markings of the horse?
      Dark bay, low white sock on the LH, small white star, gelding. A million of them, I know >.< As of now, he's just "that bay up front"

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      • #4
        Jockey Club tattoo letters correspond to the following foaling years. Are you sure it's an F? That would make him 7. For hard to read tattoos, you can use a flashlight or blacklight (in a dark stall). You can contact the Jockey Club directly with numbers and markings and they will look it up for free.

        From Horse.com "The Jockey Club has established a free service to help owners identify tattooed but unidentified Thoroughbreds in their possession.

        For legible tattoos, an owner can use a free tattoo lookup feature available from The Jockey Club's Web site and the Registry homepage.

        For illegible or partial tattoos, customer service representatives from the Registry will provide free research of a Thoroughbred's identity using the information contained in The Jockey Club's database, including color, markings, and photographs.

        Information on procuring identification from illegible or partial tattoos, as well as tips for reading lip tattoos and a list of frequently asked questions is available at Registry.jockeyclub.com"

        T 1990
        U 1991
        V 1992
        W 1993
        X 1994
        Y 1995
        Z 1996
        A 1997
        B 1998
        C 1999
        D 2000
        E 2001
        F 2002
        G 2003
        H 2004
        I 2005
        J 2006

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          #5
          Thank you, both of you. He's supposedly 5, was dumped half starved somewhere and acts like an old school horse. If he is 7, he's had one hell of a hard life. I'm thinking his future job will be Grandpa to the weanlings : o)

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          • #6
            Still nothing for F?1612 or H?1612. You'll have to take a closer look at the tattoo. Let us know if you know for SURE what at least two of the numbers are and their location in the sequence. Also need more description on the markings- does the star curve at all? Is it off-center to the left or right? Is the sock even all around, or higher in front or back or sides? Any ermine spots in the sock? Take a look at the cowlicks or whorls on his face as well. The descriptions are very nit-picky on the papers, and its hard to narrow down the results and guess which one might be him without seeing a photo.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Cammie View Post
              Still nothing for F?1612 or H?1612. You'll have to take a closer look at the tattoo. Let us know if you know for SURE what at least two of the numbers are and their location in the sequence. Also need more description on the markings- does the star curve at all? Is it off-center to the left or right? Is the sock even all around, or higher in front or back or sides? Any ermine spots in the sock? Take a look at the cowlicks or whorls on his face as well. The descriptions are very nit-picky on the papers, and its hard to narrow down the results and guess which one might be him without seeing a photo.
              Yes I'm definitely going to take a better look! I don't really care if I never find out who he is, I'm just curious since I work around race horses and I usually know who they are! The one who's identity I'm not aware of is mine, how ironic . I've never looked at tattoo's before, but his papers appear to be MIA.

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              • #8
                If there's an asterisk before the tattoo, it's international which is a whole 'nuther ball of wax. Is it possible he's a whole lot older than you think? We have one that we aged at 10 to 11 by teeth, found out he was 14 (confirmed by race picture, he has a very unusual blaze). He's 15 now and looks like he's 7, so you never know. No one will believe he's 15! Try using the light (you can get one of those red led lights at Walmart). Might help read the tattool.

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                • #9
                  Maybe a B? That would make him 11. Have you checked his teeth to estimate age?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
                    If there's an asterisk before the tattoo, it's international which is a whole 'nuther ball of wax. Is it possible he's a whole lot older than you think? We have one that we aged at 10 to 11 by teeth, found out he was 14 (confirmed by race picture, he has a very unusual blaze). He's 15 now and looks like he's 7, so you never know. No one will believe he's 15! Try using the light (you can get one of those red led lights at Walmart). Might help read the tattool.
                    Oh yes. I originally thought he was a 20 year old boarder horse

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                    • #11
                      Poor guy. I also read that if you take a digital picture of tattoo without flash and enhance it you might be able to read the tattoo better.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
                        Poor guy. I also read that if you take a digital picture of tattoo without flash and enhance it you might be able to read the tattoo better.
                        Excellent, thanks! Yes, he looks like quite the battle tested old warrior. I'm hoping he really IS old/older, if he's 7 then I don't even want to know what he's been through to look that old that fast. From what I know, he was a bottom of the barrel bleeder, so he's quite enjoying being an 'only horse' and takes his job of playing grandpa very seriously.

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                        • #13
                          Good luck. It's really exciting to find out who they were and where they raced. We've tracked the breeder for one of our guys (raced until he was 10, now schooling 2nd level dressage, amazing horse) and found the ex-steeplechaser's (the 15 year old) trainer. Small world, the trainer lived across the road from daughter's boyfriend. Horse was in training with him while she was dating him. Go figure. Wish we'd gotten our hands on him them. He's definitely been abused, but is a sweetheart now. Will jump anything. Will be using him as a school horse in the spring. We had the hardest time figuring out his tattoo because we couldn't believe he was that old. Turns out it was an X that sure didn't look like an X. Found the race photo and it's definitely him.

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                            #14
                            Nevermind, I think I found him. Needless to say, i'm changing his name this second OMG!

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                            • #15
                              OK, so now I'm really curious. Who is he and how old is he?

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by mephistopheles View Post
                                Nevermind, I think I found him. Needless to say, i'm changing his name this second OMG!
                                Originally posted by LauraKY
                                OK, so now I'm really curious. Who is he and how old is he?
                                Yeah, no fair coming here to ask for help and then holding out his identity from us!

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by mephistopheles View Post
                                  I don't know where you look up tattoos, but from what I can see, the horses tattoo is F01612 i THINK. Its somewhat blurred and the 0 isn't positive. I'm going to take a better look later, but again its blurred. I'm told the horse is 5 but frankly I don't believe that. He acts more like 25 .
                                  I was told my gelding was 5, too. But his starts with an F as well. And he looks like a baby! There must be something about the letter F...

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                                  • #18
                                    The letters never lie.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Barnfairy View Post
                                      Yeah, no fair coming here to ask for help and then holding out his identity from us!
                                      Thongview . He's 7

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                                      • #20
                                        Oh good lord. Whoever named him should be ashamed of themselves.

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