Freeze Branding Your Horse
- December 8, 2016
- Lynn Kohr
Freeze branding your horse is an alternative to the traditional hot brands. The actual branding irons for freeze brands are made of brass, keeping the cold from the liquid nitrogen, and transferring the cold better than traditional iron branding irons. We order our freeze branding irons from a company in ND. L & H Branding Irons www.lhbrandingirons.com
Have a tank with liquid Nitrogen in it.
We use a Styrofoam cooler to pour the liquid Nitrogen in. That cooler is where we set the branding iron until it is cold enough, which is when the liquid Nitrogen stops boiling around it.
1. Clip and alcohol site (we use a spray bottle of alcohol).
2. Have your helper twitch your horse and have a timer ready for 28 seconds.
3. Place brand on the prepared site pushing hard enough that the brand touches and indents the hide. I say “ON!”, letting my helper know when to start her timer. 28 seconds is our magic number for time to leave our brand on.
4. You’ll notice a small welt after removing the iron.
5. Over time when the hair grows back, it will be white.
About Lynn Kohr
I am a barrel and pole horse trainer, giving springtime barrel racing and pole bending clinics and workshops, competing in barrel racing and pole bending futurities while marketing our horses for sale. I am a Mom of 3: Sage 14, Cedar 13 and Stratton 11...