Property Marking part 2
Equestrian-style - "Freeze marking", "Hoof branding" are all marking systems which are available from commercial companies; computer chipping and implants are a very good way of covert marking and are also readily available from commercial companies.
Keeping photographic records of horses, ponies, saddles, tack and ensure that regular photographs are taken to keep your records up to date. Of course, horses and ponies now have passports to ensure that ownership is legal but this does not deter thieves.
Photographs - photographs and descriptions assist in recovering stolen goods. If keepinig a photo of a horse or pony ensure that you take regular photos so that any additional markings are noticeable, i.e. in their winter or summer coat; from the front, rear and side.
Photographing tack and saddles is also helpful in the recovery of stolen goods especially if they are "specialized" in design. A photograph can be used to advertise to other Horse Watch Schemes and other websites to ensure full coverage across the Country and social media if items are stolen.
Stamping - tack, saddles can be stamped (as with freeze-branding) with a postcode. Reins, thin bridles, stirrup leathers, padded or heavily stitched areas should never be stamped as most are not thick enough to retain their strength if stamped. In these instances, a UV marker pen or a biro should be used.
Horsebox/trailer - and don't forget your horsebox or trailer! Having your postcode placed on the roof is one of the best ways it could be found by air; have the registration number etched onto windows and windscreen, that way it makes it more difficult to change the vehicle details if stolen.
Check your horse or pony daily at differing times so that anyone who may be monitoring cannot determine a "routine". If you see anything or anyone suspicious, try to move the animal nearer to your property, if possible, or ensure that extra security measures are taken to secure - alert your neighbours so that they too will look out for suspicious persons or vehicles.
If in doubt, dial 999 immediately giving as much detail as possible (see our "what is suspicious" page).