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The following information gives general guidance on a whole range of security measures covering horses, tack, trailers, horseboxes and stables. 
  • 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. 




Having your horse and valuables security marked will deter thieves.

Recognised methods of security marking are

  • Microchip implant

  • Hoof branding


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 propery and link criminals to the crime.


There are a number of 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. 





  •  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, hitchlocks, 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 deterent for thieves.