Saturday, May 28, 2022

Decoding mustang brands

The Bureau of Land Management uses freeze brands to permanently identify captured mustangs and burros. The brand is applied to the left side of the horse's neck, usually - but not always - along the crest. 
Olive's brand is right in the middle of her neck.
Instead of numbers which are easily altered and can be hard to read, the brand uses the Alpha Angle System displayed below.
Each brand consists of three parts: the registering organization (the United States Government), the year of birth and the individual registration number. 
The registration number reflects the state of capture.
Here's Olive's brand. Can you read it?
I know they aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I really do love mustang freeze brands. I am happy every time the wind lifts Olive's mane and shows hers off.

5 comments:

  1. Year is 11, Reg # is 858486? At least that's what it looks like to me!

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    1. You are exactly correct. It's such a good design - easy to read and aesthetically pleasing.

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  2. I’m sorry Olive’s brand was applied so haphazardly. Kind of like some Breyers I’ve seen! ❤️

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    1. The placement of her brand seems pretty common for horses from the Divide Basin HMA. I don't mind it.

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  3. My mustang's brand was put right on one of his white patches, so you can barely see it! I wish it was in one of his brown patches....

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