When he dried, it was almost non existent. When I went home I Googled different kinds of horse brands and there it was:
This is the brand for the American Warmblood Society.
I now was even more curious, so the next day I went out to graze him again. I wet the fur on his stifle on the left side and took some pictures with the camera on my phone. Here's the best picture I took:
Look at this very carefully. Now look at this picture:
Look more carefully at the area circled in white.
Do you see these lines and points? I added the actual brand to the picture to now help visualize.
Now I slid the brand into place. It seems to line up to what I saw.
Could my horse really have this brand? Would it be this size on a full-grown horse? I couldn't find many pictures online of horses with this brand to compare the size, it does seem a little large but I just don't know...
I know there are cases where horses are branded but the brands are so faint as to be almost impossible to see unless the horse is shaved to the skin. I don't feel like shaving off a patch of Joey's hair right now to look, but maybe if I body clip him in the fall all will be revealed. (I didn't clip him last winter so it would make sense that I wouldn't have noticed this then.)
And what would it mean if he is branded as an American Warmblood? I received no papers for him when I bought him but the brand would mean he is registered and passed some kind of inspection to have it, wouldn't it? So would there be some way to track him down or would that be a waste of time? Anyone familiar with these brands and especially the American Warmblood Society with any insight would be very welcome. :)
I love Joey no matter what he is. But if he is branded, how cool!