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.