Take colour photographs of your horse in summer and winter and from front, back and sides.
Ensure that in the photos the horse is standing correctly as shown in your horse's passport.
Photograph unique marks and scars making sure it is clear where these appear on the animal.
In addition to saving photos to your computer, keep photographic prints. Have photos ready to circulate quickly in the event of your horse being stolen.
Ensure that identifying unique marks and scars are recorded on a suitable diagram.
The following information gives general guidance on a whole range of security measures covering horses, tack, trailers, horseboxes and stables.
Having your horse and valuables security marked will deter thieves.
Recognised methods of security marking are
Smart Water/Selecta DNA
Microchip Implant: This is implanted in the horse's neck. The RSPCA and certain other organisations have transceivers which can detect the signal from the microchip if the horse is stolen.
Hoof Branding: This involves having your postcode branded on your horse's hooves. You can purchase the branding irons and have your farrier apply the brand. Periodic renewal is required.
Freeze Marking: This is done humanely by freeze marking a number on the horse's body (usually on the saddle patch) with chilled irons. This leaves a unique number for life. Records of freeze marks are kept, and registration papers are issued to owners.
Smart Water: A colourless forensic liquid that can be used on all your valuables including your horse tack and trailers.
Selecta DNA: A unique DNA code applied to items which allow police to identify property and link criminals to the crime.
There are several measures you can take to protect your premises.
Install burglar alarms and security lighting.
Use substantial padlocks on doors. (Do not padlock horses in their stable).
Display signs that advertise that your property has been security marked.
It is good practice to visit paddocks and stables at least twice a day and vary the times of your visits.
Hedges, fences, and gates should be kept in a good state of repair to deny thieves any easy opportunity to gain access. Gates should have good hinges and be padlocked.
All your saddlery should be security marked. You can have your tack embossed with your postcode using a metal punch or engraving tool. (Exceptions: Do not be tempted to engrave your postcode onto bits as this could leave your horse with a sore mouth.)
Take photographs of your saddlery, especially if it is unusual. This helps with the detection of stolen goods.
Keep a comprehensive list of all your tack. Include all necessary details as this will help identification.
Record the make of your saddle and tack and any identifying numbers.
Horsewatch will come out to yards and events to mark tack.Follow us on FaceBook to find out where we will be, or contact us for a visit.
As with other equipment, take photographs of your horsebox/trailer.
Have your trailer security marked with your postcode.
Personalise your vehicle(s)
Ensure vehicles are immobilised when parked, but still available in an emergency.
Use wheel clamps, hitch locks, car alarms, car immobilisers.
Park vehicles in a well-lit area at night where you can keep an eye on them.
Modern security devices are a deterrent for thieves.