13 Keys to Horse Theft Prevention
(Tips 1-8 are from the APHA website, the rest I have added)

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 your property. 
 
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 them!


"Whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to man."

 

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