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Horse Identification Records and Templates
 By Winniefield Park   •   26th May 2018   •   1,018 views   •   0 comments
Horse Identification Records and Templates

Every year companion animals go missing and are lost forever to their owner. This includes horses. Search Ďstolen horses sold at auctioní and youíll get many results that go to stories about horses that were sent for slaughter unknown to their owner. Another thing I notice is that when people post descriptions of their horses (or other companion animals), the photos are unclear, from bad angles and really donít show all the animalís markings and color very well. I think itís important to have good descriptions of all of your animals so that if one of them goes missing.

Create your records easier by using one of these downloads:
Blank Horse ID Form
Identification of Horses
Horse Markings and Terminology Guide

Photos
I know itís hard to take clear photos of horses since they move around so much, and itís sometimes hard to line them up to get a good perspective. But itís worth spending a bit of time taking good clear photos of your horse from both sides, hind and front, as well as profile and face-on head shots. Take the photos in front of a neutral, uncluttered background in soft lightóa slightly cloudy day will give you better color than harsh sunlight. Indoor shots can work too if you know how to use your flash properly. Up close photos of distinctive markings may be useful.

Drawings
For things like where the skin changes color beneath the hair, small scars and other hard to photograph characteristics, it may be useful to make a sketch. Itís easy to find and download line drawings of horses online. The FEI has a downloadable booklet that provides a non-breed specific drawing and the proper words to use for describing markings, colors and whorls and other identifying

Written
Of course, if your horse has a tattoo or brand, you should record the information, and take a clear photo of it. Have a written record of its microchip number. Write down any physical characteristics, such as hair swirls, skin color, small permanent scars or anything else that might not show up in a photo. For example, your chestnut horse may have white or black hairs throughout its mane or tail that donít show up in a photo. Dark borders around patches, or ticking throughout a coat color may not be obvious from a photo. If your horse has a distinctive habit, write that down too. You might even record a chipped tooth or hoof crack.

Updating your records frequently is important. Those of us in more northerly climates may have horses that change colors with the season. My summer-time red bay is silvery in the springtime. And greys fade with age. A foal may be pale when itís born and become much darker as it matures. And of course, if your horse is growing, itís changing size, so that needs to go into your records.
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