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Horse Identification Lip Tattoos

Horse Identification Lip Tattoos

Most breeds of horses racing in North America are required to have a lip tattoo for identification purposes prior to their first race. This tattoo is inside the upper lip and is linked to the registration papers to identify the horse and owner. The identifying lip tattoo was started in 1947 by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau and was show to be so effective that now most states require a tattoo on any horse who will be racing.

If you purchase a retired race horse and have no registration papers, you can use their tattoo to find out the registered name (free) and even information about their racing career (for a fee). This tattoo can also be useful in identifying stolen horses.

A Thoroughbred tattoo has one letter, which indicates the year of birth, followed by four or five numbers, with horses over 25 years of age having only four. Horses foaled outside North America will also have an asterisk () at the beginning of the tattoo. The Jockey Club has a free tattoo lookup and research service here as well as a Tattoo Frequently Asked Questions which includes a video of how to read a lip tattoo.

A Standardbred tattoo always has five characters, either a letter and four numbers or two letters and three numbers. The first letter in the tattoo indicates the year of birth. You can look up a Standardbred tattoo online for free here. There is also a list of all tattoo numbers by horse name for foals of 1996 through 2010 here for horse identifiers at race tracks to use.

A Quarter Horse tattoo has four or five numbers followed by a letter, making it easy to tell from a Thoroughbred tattoo. You can get more info about Quarter Horse tattoos and registration here and AQHA will look up a tatto number for free if you call them at 806 376 4811.

Most Appaloosas are tattooed whether they raced or not, and some info about their marks is available here. Arabians are also tattooed with the last six digits of the horse’s registration certificate number.

Lip tattoos are applied by technicians licensed through the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, and more information about the tattoos and how they came to be used can be found here. They also offer a free service to research your horse’s tattoo to find the registered name.

Below is a chart showing the year of birth associated with the letter in the lip tattoo for Thoroughbred and Standardbred horses. For Thoroughbreds, it is always the first character in the tattoo. For Standarbreds, the first character in the tattoo is used for the earlier years, while for the later years it will be the second character. For Standardbreds foaled in 1981 and before, the last (fifth) character indicates the year of foaling, starting with Z for 1981 and going backwards in the alphabet.

Bear Tattoos And Bear Tattoo Designs

Bear Tattoos And Bear Tattoo Designs

When it comes to the history of symbolism in bears, there is a vast variety of different meanings. There are many different types of breeds of the bear, such as the grizzly, black bear, polar bear, and the Kodiak bear. The bear is considered one of the top symbolic animals in the world. The bear is very symbolic to the Native Americans and it is believed to hold special powers. Many North American tribes thought highly of the bear, especially the Sioux Indians and the Pueblo. Some tribes even considered the bear to be a sacred animal with the power of healing. Since there is so many different breeds, in tattoo terms, it gives you a variety of options to think about.

The bear plays both sides of the fence per say when it comes to symbolism. For example, the bear can be represented as a gentle, noble creature, but it can also be portrayed as a fierce animal. When it comes to tattoos, this is something you may want to consider. Two people can have the same tattoo, but it can represent opposite meanings. Due to this diversity, the bear has symbolized good and bad throughout history. The Celts and other European cultures viewed the bear as a symbol of warfare. The Celts and Germans also used the bear to represent bravery. Christians viewed the bear as a symbol of evil influence and cruelty through the Old testament. This meaning has changed over the years though. In modern times, Christians view the bear as a symbol of resurrection.

As I mentioned earlier, the bear was a symbol of many native tribes in North America. The bear is more symbol to Native Americans then any other civilization. The Pueblo Indians thought highly of the bear. They believed the bear had the power to heal. They used the bear to represent hunting, healing, and battle. The Sioux Indians were also commonly associated with the bear. To the Sioux, the bear represents the power of the wind. It represented whirlwinds, which were used to confuse enemy tribes and other enemies. The Sioux also believed that the bear had curing powers and the ability to locate things.

For many native tribes, the bear represented their self image, self reflection. Many American Indians believed the bear was symbolic to their need to use silence to hear the voice of the higher self. The bear represented both female and male powers. It is one of the few symbols that is associated to men and women. The feminine side represented their powers associated with the earth and creativity. The masculine side represented the powers of strength, courage, persistence, invulnerability, and observation. Some cultures believed that bears were once people who formed their own spiritual tribe.

The bear has been symbolized and portrayed in cultures for centuries. The bear tattoo has many meanings and due to its diverse background, it really makes for an interesting tattoo. Natives from Alaska may use the bear tattoo to symbolize the fact that they live in Alaska. In this case, the grizzly is the most common breed. Someone from Kentucky may choose the black bear tattoo. Geographic location does play a part in bear tattoos.

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Two more popular meanings of the bear tattoo is protection and confidence. Most bears are very protective animals of their territory and cubs. If you walk into their territory or get in between them and their cubs, the bear is likely to attack you. If it comes down to it, the bear will protect its space. Some people that choose the bear tattoo may feel that the tattoo protects them. It can also be a symbol that you are a confident person. It can also remind you to keep your confidence in anything that you do in life.

The bear is also a symbol of motherhood and sovereignty. In fact, if you see the bear tattoo with a cub, it is probably representing motherhood. Bear cub paw tattoos represent motherhood as well. Since the bear is a female symbol as well, the bear tattoo can be worn by women also. In this case, the bear tattoo can represent a mother and their children. Some women will get their children’s names inked inside the tattoo. Also, for example, a mother may get a tattoo with two cubs to represent her two children. The bear can also be a symbol for nurture. The bear cub can represent this also. In fact, it is a great way to represent your children for the rest of your life and theirs.

As I stated earlier in this article, there is several different kinds of species of bears. The Grizzly and the Kodiak bear represents immense power, strength, and danger. The Polar bear is very unique and is often portrayed by people who are associated to saving them because they are endangered. There are only a few thousand Polar bears left in the entire world. This can also be said for the Kiola. Someone that works at a zoo with these animals or works at a wildlife refuge may wear them as a tattoo design to represent their love of the species.

THE BEAR TODAY AND A REMINDERIn modern times, the bear is portrayed in movies, cartoons, sports, and television. The Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, and the Memphis Grizzlies are a few of the sports franchises that use the bear to symbolize their team. The bear was used in the cartoon “CareBears”. Some people choose to get the bear tattoo as a cartoon or they may get their favorite sport team tattooed. Most bear tattoos are large in terms of the tattoo and are commonly placed on the arm. The back and legs are also two common areas.

Before you decide to get a tattoo, make sure you do your research. There are lots of different designs, styles, and meanings that you need to overlook. It is very important to do your research so you can be confident about your tattoo choice. You don’t want to rush into the tattoo process. If you rush, you are more likely to get a tattoo design that you will later regret down the road. If you believe the bear tattoo design is not for you, be sure to check out more articles in the links below. Thanks for visiting.

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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton Level 7 Commenter

you are amazing at putting together these types of hubs. amazing. the first tattoo of the grolwing bear. imagine that one on a girl’s back.

Frank, thanks for dropping by and for the comment. Thanks for the compliment. LOL, very likely so Frank, very likely so. See ya around.

Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales Level 8 Commenter

Wow these tattoos are amazing;I am promising myself that very soon I am going to have that long awaited tattoo.