We've had Ronin for about 2 years now (dang!), and a few days after we got him, we realized he had a tattoo on his upper lip. He's a thoroughbred and supposedly off the track, so the tattoo is his identification. We never got his paperwork though because how he got to where he was was somewhat of a mystery and the guy who gave him to us didn't have the papers. Anyway, when I first looked into finding out Ronin's past through the Jockey Club, I thought you had to pay $35. Now that we had to pay close to $400/mo for horse boarding, we weren't in any position to throw down $35 to find out his name. Recently though, I checked the Jockey Club website again and it turns out that tattoo research is free! yes, FREE! I found out on Thurs. and not only could I not remember Ronin's tattoo, but also, we were going out of town so I couldn't go look at it! How aggravating! Now, today, I went and looked at his lip, but here's the thing....it's kinda hard to read. I think it says "H21056". I tried to take a picture....here's how that turned out:
yeah, not so great.
So I tried to enter H21056 into the Jockey Club website and it came up with a horse named Surf N Saddle who was born April 23, 2004 in California. Promising. But when I did a little more research, Surf N Saddle has more white spots than Ronin has. None of the other letter/number combos come up with anything that really resembles our horse. Like I said, crappy.
Ronin it is. (Better than Surf N Saddle anyway, right?)