Having any pet stolen is distressing and horses are as loved by their owners the same way that dogs and cats are.
Horses over 6 months of age are now legally required to be microchipped, however
this does not deter thieves. The recent spate of horsemeat entering the food
chain will be a real concern to anyone who has had their horse stolen. The law
is not equipped to deal with this awful crime and legally the saddle is valued
the same as the horse it sits on!
Horse theft is often highly organised by professional gangs. They will need specialist
vehicles and concealing a horse is more difficult than hiding dogs or parrots.
People who have had their horses stolen often recall seeing suspicious vehicles
before their horse was taken. Often several horses are stolen in one night.
Make notes of any unusual vehicles or anything you think is suspicious and
share the information with other horse owners.
Recently a VioVet staff member’s friend had her horse taken from a paddock near
Milton Keynes. They were just about to put out an appeal on their facebook page
when she had the good news that the horse had appeared in a field in Yorkshire.
Luckily someone had noticed an extra horse in the field and a scan flagged up
the horse as having been reported stolen the previous day. Why the horse had
been taken and transported to Yorkshire is anyone’s guess.
The need to instantly have your horse’s microchip number is essential. An
additional menace is the loss of tack and other stable items so please mark
these items as it can help recover stolen goods and lead to your stolen horse.
We have several real life incidents of horse theft including Ballymoss taken 30
years ago almost to the day. Her owner Debbie has not forgotten about ‘Mossy’
and is still keen to know what happened to her beloved horse. Losing a special
companion and not knowing never leaves you.
Read Debbie’s account here along with other stolen horse incidents.