Mustang Brands

How to identify & read Government brands.

The BLM uses a series of angles and bars to denote numbers, which are freeze-branded on the left side of the neck of captured horses to indicate that animal's year of birth and registration number. The brand symbols used are as follows:

First, a special symbol that denotes the horse is registered with the US Government is branded onto the neck. Then, two angles are placed to tell the horse's year of birth (these are read top to bottom), and finally an underlined string of angles denote the horse's registration number.

Here is an example of a US Government brand:

This made-up brand reads, "US Govt. Registered horse, born in '89, registration # 037512.

There-- now you can understand the symbols you see on round-up mustangs!




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