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Horse owners – watch out!

Due to a recent spate of horse thefts in Oxfordshire, horse owners are being asked to take extra care and be vigilent.

Here are some tips you can implement to reduce the risk of theft. They include:

  • Ensure that the fencing surrounding yards and fields is secure and well maintained.
  • Always remove head collars on grazing horses, as this can help thieves catch and handle a horse.Using prominent signs which state that the animals are permanently tagged and identifiable, is an important additional deterrent.
  • Use prominent signs that state that the animals are permanently tagged and identifiable. Thieves are less likely to take horses which have evidence of permanent identification tags – such as freeze-marks or microchips.
  • Gates should be padlocked securely and hinges welded or reversed, to prevent the gates being lifted off.
  • Sensor-operated security lights are useful, serving to warn of intruders and making their presence and activities more evident.
  • Many horse keepers do not live on site and, as well as asking any neighbours to be vigilant, they should aim to vary the times of their visits to the yard to prevent thieves establishing a pattern of likely arrival and departure times.

Buying and owning a horse is such a huge responsibilty. You must make sure that your horse and all your equipment are fully covered. E & L Insurance specialise in providing you with an affordable and comprehensive horse insurance policy that suits you. For more information visit www.eandl.co.uk/equine and get a 20% online discount.

Source: http://www.bluecross.org.uk/web/site/News/2010/Horse_theft.asp

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