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Is there a master list of ranch brands anywhere?

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  • 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?


  • #2
    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.


    • #3
      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.


      • #4
        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.


        • #5
          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


          • #6
            Anyone know or have seen a brand like this: 5*
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            • #7
              I had to find a brand for work and found that Oregon has an online brand book. Helped, of course, that I knew the rancher's name. You can certainly go online and see the brands and if you recognize it then you'll know. But you'd have to go through a lot of online brand books to do that!

              Where did you buy him from and what kind of horse is he might be a good start...
              "A horse's face always conveys clearly whether it is loved by its owner or simply used." - Anja Beran


              • #8
                Have a brand inspector come look at your horse if you'd like to find out more information. That would be your best route.
                It is not enough to know how to ride; one must know how to fall.


                • #9
                  I posted my horse's shoulder brand on facebook and asked everyone to share -- I got some ideas what it might be but nothing definite. I found his hip brand on another horse at a show and tracked him back because that horse was registered (mine was a BSP). It was fun to talk to the breeder and I did learn his top line but the breeder didn't record BSP mares (or so he said). He'd only had one stud during the time my horse was foaled, so that one was easy and fun to learn. FYI some really small breeders have brands or make up brands. There's a guy north of us that breeds one or two mediocre QH every couple of years and brands them with "his" branding iron that he made himself. Heard of a guy who used a hot clothes hanger to make his own "brand" for his horse. Looked like a running S.