Thomas Laroux 299 Daisy Lane
Opelousas, Louisiana. 70570
According to visitor Mark T. Warnberg,
"In Spain they brand the Male Horses on the Left Side and Females
on the Right. This is to see at a distance the gender of the
horse. Also they Freeze Brand the dark horses and Fire
Brand the lighter colors."
the story of my Brand.
I wish I had a story of some epic brand that has been pasted down
from my grandfathers but my family has never been in ranching or
even farming. There is no history in my brand, at least not yet.
I grew up in south Texas and I always wanted to own a ranch and spend
time cowboying. The closest I got was building fence for a local
guy who had cattle, and raising pigs for the FFA. I started marking
my stuff with my initials ZLD or ZD like a brand sometime around
high school it was on my books and back pack, even on my shoes.
At some point I was putting a Z D on something and the letters
ended up offset and connected I continued the lower line of the
Z through the D and it formed an L, the Z hanging D was born.
Since that time it has become my symbol, I have it registered in
my county and I put it on anything I can. One year for my birthday
my Mother had a fire brand made for me, and last year I had a freeze
brand made for my horses. I donít know what it is about brands but
having mine lets me feel connected to a simpler time when all you
needed was a rope and an iron to make a living. Thank you for
Zachary Lott Douglas
Herd of 2 and growing Schertz Texas
H brand: The
earliest record we have of the Shield H brand is a Bill of Sale
showing that William H. Clifton, Jr. of Hat Creek, County of Niobrara
and State of Wyoming, received payment of $1.00. On this date of
March 20, 1954, the brand was sold, transferred, and delivered to
John W. Bryant of Hat Creek, County of Niobrara and State of Wyoming.
We also have the original Brand Certificate from the State of Wyoming,
Wyoming Livestock and Sanitary Board. On March 30, 1954, the Shield
H brand was recorded for John W. Bryant, Hat Creek, Niobrara and
recorded in Bill of Sale Record Book 18 on page 141 by then Executive
Officer, G.H. Good. We have records of the Shield H
brand being renewed on the following dates: January
10, 1956 for a $5.00 fee by John W. Bryant, Winchester Bay, OR September
8, 1965 for a $5.00 fee by John W. Bryant, Douglas, WY March 24,
1976 for a $5.00 fee by John W. Bryant, Riverton, WY March 17, 1986
for a $25.00 fee by John W. Bryant, Riverton, WY A letter
dated April 11, 1979 from the Wyoming Livestock Brand Board shows
that the Shield H brand was first recorded in their office on August
10, 1917. In this letter, the Wyoming Livestock Brand Board indicated
that they had received a request to sell the Shield H brand from
Mr. Bryant. A Bill of Sale dated May 20, 1994 shows
that Steve Husted of Riverton, County of Fremont, and State of Wyoming
purchased the Shield H brand. The location of our
brand on both cattle and horses is on the left hip. We carefully
freeze brand our horses, ensuring a clean, easy to read brand. Our
registered black angus cattle are hot branded, also easy to locate
and read. The Shield H brand has a long history, and we intend to
keep it prominent in our livestock and their offspring. Steve
Husted and Peggy Peterson Shield H Quarter Horses Riverton WY 307/856-0589
brand for our livestock and horses is the "Flying 45". My husband
and I both grew up with farming backgrounds, and when we married
we knew that we wanted nothing more in this world than to have
our own farm and raise livestock together. Considering we met
when we were 16 years old, I think you can safely say we both
knew what we wanted our entire lives. However, the one thing
we didn't know, was what brand we wanted. We argued and fought
over what brand to register for nearly ten years. The issue
ended up resolving itself. We discovered and currently compete
in the sport of mounted shooting, and use forty five caliber
colt replica firearms to shoot targets with blank ammunition
while running a course in an arena. Since our sport is similar
to barrel racing with guns, speed is the key to winning. Put
the two together and the natural fit was the "Flying 45" brand.
Its a new brand, we just branded our small herd of twenty angus
cross cattle with it two weeks ago, and our herd of seven performance
horses as well. But one we hope to pass on to both our children
someday. Hopefully, us both holding out for the "perfect" brand
means that it will be one that will start its own legacy.
The American Trail Horse Association
has an association brand, shown at the right, that is available
for use by members. It is registered in 10 states. Their
thinking is that an association brand is more recognizable especially
across state and international borders.
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Texas shaped brand
Do you have an interesting
brand? Do you have a story about a brand that has been in
your family or area for a long time? We would like to hear
from you and would like to feature your brand or story.
brands, made with an iron cooled by liquid nitrogen, usually change
the hair color to white, making a clean distinct brand
Upside down (or inverted) M R combined.
National Park Service Brand
Lazy G T M
This fine freeze brand was made for us by the proprietor of
Moonlight Welding in Las Vegas, New Mexico. I'm sorry
I cannot remember his name but he did an excellent job with
the design and materials I supplied. It is a registered
New Mexico brand and the only one of it's kind. Also know
as the buffalo skull brand. We live in south central Utah
now where we operate mixed animal practice my wife Anne being
the vet and the force behind the business. Terry M Gwinn firstname.lastname@example.org
Bucking horses often carry number brands.
Broken Bone Brand
Rocking Horse Southwest Jewelry I have a brand that
my father registered in 1936. We used to have horses when
I was younger. It now is a trademark for my Indian jewelry
business. I tell my customers that I brand our jewelry.
I also have kept up the registry since my father retired.
I was thinking I might sell it sometime but would not know how to
do it. For now I continue using it for my business and may
use it at some later date for a ranch.
Voice: (602) 265-1061
Diamond J reverse J ??? "The brand you show read as "Diamond J
reverse J" I have seen as "flying diamond". The owner in Washington
is Beard Rodeo Co Ellensburg" Thanks to Dave Wickham
bar N brand on the left shoulder, -N , is
the brand of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico.
That, along with the three character brand on the animal's left
hip designate the grazing permittee that owns the stock.
For more information
contact: Navajo Nation Veterinary
and Livestock Program (928) 871-6615
Navajo Nation Switchboard (928) 871-6000
Jaw brands on a horse
lazy J R combined on the left and a pitchfork brand on
The famous King Ranch of Texas uses the "running W" brand, probably
the best known ranch brand in the United States.
Hashknife brand from northern Arizona was established in 1884 and
Ranches still brand their excellent ranch horses with the iron.
Mustang Brands: Angle
code used by the Bureau of Land Management to mark mustangs
with age and registration numbers
Mustang brand example:
The registration numbers for mustang brands fall
into these number ranges depending on the state where the horse
was gathered. Arizona
80,001 - 160,000 (08-16)
California 160,001 - 240,000
240,001 - 320,000 (24-32) Idaho
320,001 - 400,000 (32-40) Montana
400,000 - 480,000 (40-48) Nevada
480,001 - 640,000 (48-64) New Mexico
640,001 - 720,000 (64-72) Oregon
0 - 80,000
720,001 - 800,000 (72-80) Wyoming
800,001 - 880,000 (80-88) Eastern States
880,001 - 880,100
BLM Website Here are telephone numbers for BLM offices with local jurisdiction.
AZ 888-231-2582 CA 916-978-4637 CO 719-269-8500
ID 208-373-3822 MT, SD, ND 406-896-5223 NV 775-861-6400
NM, KS, OK, TX 800-237-3642 OR, WA 541-573-4400 UT 801-539-4057
WY, NE 307-352-0292 East of the Mississippi River 703-440-1560
Mustangs are freeze branded
on the left neck by the BLM after they are captured. Details
such as age and registration number can be deciphered from the brand.
bay gelding is a 1991 model from Nevada.
1998 gathered horse
with a Wyoming registration number.
1994 black mustang mare
some brands are a little hard to read, but the
brand looks like 1994 on this buckskin gelding
Lip Tattoos All race horses in the United States
are required to have lip tattoos for identification. That
includes thoroughbreds, quarter horses, standard breds, appaloosas,
Arabians and mules. The tattoos vary by breed.
This is a permanent manner of identification, however not easily
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