Although valuable horses can't be kept in a bank vault, there are
several ways to deter horse rustlers.
1. Brand livestock.
2. Lock gates, stall doors and trailer hitches. (not
so sure about locking stalls)
3. Know who visits when you're gone (such as the farrier
and feed delivery person).
4. Keep halters locked in your tack room.
5. Vary patterns of coming and going.
6. Keep your horse trailer out of sight.
7. Install security lights.
8. Keep at least one "untrusting of strangers" dog on
9. Post "Beware of the Dog" signs on your property, (especially
down by the end of the driveway) even if you don't have a dog.
10. If possible, leave a vehicle or two parked in your driveway,
in front of the barn, etc. and also leave a kitchen or living room light
on if you'll be gone til dark. (Don't park the vehicle like it's out of
the way or in storage, make it look like it's going to be moved soon.)
11. Keep your eyes open for unfamiliar vehicles in your area,
take note of the color, make, etc....you never know when you might
need that information!
12. Inform your closest neighbors when you're going to be gone
for awhile, and let them know that no one should be on your place and certainly
no one should be removing any horses!
13. Always remove all halters when putting your horse in the
barn or turning them out. My guys always liked to make it tough on me to
catch them when they didn't have their halters on. This will also make
it a little more difficult for a horse thief and he may either grow tired
of trying or be scared off by traffic, etc.. Don't make it EASY for