Horse and pony security
Every year horses, ponies and equine equipment worth hundreds of thousands of pounds are stolen across the country.
To prevent these crimes, horse owners should ensure that:
- Your horses and ponies are freeze or hoof marked and micro-chipped, with their details up-to-date and on a national database.
- Your horse passport is up to date and has a record of your horse’s marks.
- All your tack is postcoded, tagged, micro-chipped, freeze marked, engraved or chemically marked.
- Consider security of your horse box or trailer by parking it in a well lit area and ensure that all doors and ramps are locked and consider use of wheel-clamps, ground anchors and hitch-locks as well as alarms and immobilizers.
- Tack rooms are not ‘named’ but are securely locked with a five-lever mortice lock to comply with insurance policies. Your tack room should be constructed of brick or concrete block. If it is constructed of wood then it can be reinforced with steel plate or mesh. Windows should be protected with bars and grills and doors and door frames should be reinforced with steel. Saddles and bridles should be locked to their racks.
Stable yard security
- Robust fences and hedges with secure gates prevent horses straying and thieves from getting close to the property.
- Gates are made more of a deterrent if they are chained and hinges protected with anti-lift locks.
- Refrain from leaving head-collars and lead ropes in fields as they could be used by thieves to remove horses.
- At entrances to remote stable yards display signs warning thieves that your horses and tack are security marked.
- Position your stables, tack room and valuable vehicles close to your main where they can be clearly observed.
- Consider your use of lighting particularly if it is dusk to dawn.
- Some stable yards make use of alarms and even CCTV. Keeping dogs in the stable complex could also be considered, to raise the alarm.
- Visitors to the stable yard should be escorted and restricted in their access to the site.