Theft prevention tips for horse owners

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Horse theft is becoming increasingly common, so protect your horse the best you can with these simple tips.

–         Keep all ownership documents in a safe place, as well as health records and photographs from all four sides to help clearly identify your horse.

–         Make sure your horse is identifiable through either a microchip or freeze brand.

–         Don’t leave a halter on your horse, as this makes theft easier. Also remove halters from nearby gates that thieves may use to enter.

–         Inform the police and local animal control agencies of any suspicious activity inthe area.

–         Try to block or restrict access to where your horse is kept from unauthorised vehicles, especially at night time.

–         Make sure the fencing around your property is sturdy and unable to cut through.

–         Try to put your horse in an area that can be seen from your property, especially at night.

–         Lock any barn doors and gates at all times if they do not create a fire hazard.

–         Ensure you have motion-activated sensor lights installed around where your horse is kept at night to alert you to any movement and deter any thieves.

–         Video monitors/CCTV or alarms can be installed.

–         Report any occurrence of theft immediately, writing down and distributing a description and photos of your horse to any livestock auctions nearby. Reward adverts can be posted and the local media can be contacted.

One of the most important things you can do is take out insurance for your horse in case of any unforeseen circumstances. Visit www.horse-insurance.co.uk for a 30% online discount and you can pick and choose your own insurance policy to best suit you and your horse’s needs.

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