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Offline ShelbieTopic starter

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Lip tattoos
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:05:22 pm »
This might be a silly question, but I'm finding it surprisingly hard to answer. A friend of mine works at a barn that acquired an elderly Thoroughbred a few years back and was told he's an Irish import. His lip tattoo is a little hard to make out (they think he's 20+), but while looking around the internet I'm only finding references to lip tattoos used on North American horses. I presumed lip tattoos were an international thing, but maybe not? Would an Irish horse have a lip tattoo? What Letter/YOB system is used?
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Re: Lip tattoos
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 11:25:22 pm »
Based on this site, it says "horses foaled outside of North America will (also) have an asterisk at the beginning of the tattoo".
http://www.horse-races.net/library/lip-tattoos.htm

It also includes helpful information about the tattoo letter/number combinations and how to get more information on the horse's identity.  :)
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Re: Lip tattoos
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2018, 04:34:53 am »
Certainly not common practice to use lip tattoos in the UK. All TB foals have to be microchipped here (and DNA blood tested, I think).
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Re: Lip tattoos
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2018, 08:14:11 am »
I could ask at the barn, or maybe this is the excuse I need to go visit the Irish National Stud. ;)

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Re: Lip tattoos
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2018, 01:31:11 pm »
Ivy - Thanks for the link! Not sure how I didn't find that site...then again I was trying to discreetly research at work and the computers are a bit picky when it comes to "gambling" websites. AKA, anything horse racing, lol.

Shanthi - I feel this is a very good reason to visit the Irish National Stud. For research purposes, of course. ;)
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