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Should You Freeze Brand Your Horse?

This popular form of identification has been used on horses for countless years!

July 20, 2020

Freeze branding produces a white hair outline of the horse owner’s chosen brand. A very cold iron is used to destroy the hair color follicles. Often, this type of branding is used in place of the traditional hot brand method. It has a handful of advantages and disadvantages.

Pros of Freeze Branding

  • A form of identification that can be easily seen year round
  • The horse’s hide is not usually damaged in the process
  • Deters thieves from stealing your horse
  • Makes horses in kill pens and auctions stand out better
  • Less painful compared to hot branding

Cons of Freeze Branding

  • Requires more steps and equipment compared to a hot iron
  • Takes more time (three to ten minutes)
  • The results can vary between horses
  • It can be expensive
  • Freeze branding isn’t a legal method of ownership in some states

This is usually seen as a great alternative to hot branding a horse, but it may not be the best option for everyone. Your vet can assist you with this procedure or your can find an experienced livestock owner.

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