Every year horses, ponies and
equestrian equipment worth thousands of pounds are stolen across
Thieves can also target stables and
other rural premises where they know security may not be so tight
and where it is less likely that someone will be around. They know
that there is a strong possibility that property is not marked and
cannot be identified. However, there are a number of steps you can
take to help protect your property including:
- Identifying your horses through
Freezemarking and Microchipping
- Ensuring your tack and rugs are
post coded, tagged, engraved or chemically marked - a tack marking
service is available through Hertfordshire Constabulary.
- Making sure tack rooms are
securely locked with a five-lever mortice lock to comply with
- Ensuring gates are padlocked
(where appropriate) and have anti-lift locks.
- Taking photographs of your
property and registering the details onto: www.immobile.com - if your lost or
stolen property is then recovered, it is more likely to be returned
Remember: Mark it – Stamp it – Chip it – Code it or Lose
horse can be done in several ways:
The horse is permanently marked on the saddle patch or shoulder
with a unique number and registration papers are issued to the
Farriers can brand your postcode onto horses’ hooves – this will
require periodic renewal as the hoof grows.
A tiny chip containing as unique number is implanted into the
horses’ neck. A scanner then reads the chip and identifies the
number that can be cross-referenced against a database. The chip
companies can notify vets, livestock sales and abattoirs of the
Horse passports were established in 2003 requiring owners to obtain
a passport for each equine animal - whether that is a horse, pony,
mule, donkey and even a zebra!
If your horse does not have a passport then you should apply
now. If you have purchased a horse that already has a
passport, then you should register your ownership within 30 days.
Advice on loaning your
Never put horses on loan without a written agreement. Rogue dealers
can prey on trusting owners. Many horses are sent for slaughter or
sold on to unsuitable people. Get
advice and a loan agreement form from the British Horse Society web
pages by clicking here.
Horse box / trailer security
Try and park your horse box / trailer in a well-lit area where you
can keep an eye on it. Ensure that all doors and ramps are secure
and use wheel clamps and hitch locks where possible. Consider
alarms and immobilisers.
When at events, ensure your vehicle is secure while you are away.
You can also put your postcode on the trailer roof and some owners
even fit a tracker system to assist recovery if stolen.
Stable yard security
- Keep hedges, gates and fences in
good repair to aid security and visibility.
- Refrain from leaving head collars
and lead ropes in fields that thieves could use to remove
- Display signs warning thieves that
your tack and horses are security marked.
- Introduce yourselves to
neighbouring properties who can keep an eye on your horses and
stables when you are not there.
- Keep your yard tidy so that you
can instantly see if anything is missing.
- Saddles and bridles should be
locked to their racks.