Story originally posted by: by Teresa Spencer
Whether you are in your own yard, on a trail ride or traveling across the country, how would you find your horse and have it returned to you if it got away?
Any of us who work with horses and enjoy traveling to new places with our equines for horse shows, endurances rides, trail riding or whatever your pleasure. We also know there is always a possibility of your horse getting away from you at some point. People use different things to identify equines, tattoos and brands are excellent permanent forms of ID.
What if you don’t want to use those methods to identify your horse? Many people use removable forms of identification to ID their equines. Dog tags braided into manes or hanging from a halter or saddle, grease paint or spray paint are a few examples.
What happens if you didn’t have these things on your horse at the time they get loose? If his halter breaks or the saddle comes off, the person that finds your horse will have little or no chance of contacting you. He may be lost forever, end up at an animal shelter or in someone else’s backyard.
Each year thousands of horses are lost or stolen and NetPosse.com a source to use if that happens. Personally, I have known several horses that have gotten lost and luckily returned to their owners, but had they not been found by people who knew the horse or owner.
How can you help yourself and assist in the return of your horse? Use a form of identification on your horse every day. Another solution is a fetlock ID band that can be worn 24/7, rain or shine. Make sure it has your phone number, name and address in case your horse decides to take a “walk about”.
Though the possibility is rare, a trespasser might turn horses loose. They might also escape through an unlocked gate or weak fencing. Having a neighborhood watch program in place is very helpful — even if it is an accidental escape.
Coming home to an empty pasture or returning to a trailer with no horse attached is a scary thing and one I don’t ever want to encounter. I am reassured that if my horse takes a tour of the neighborhood, my neighbors can contact me thanks to the fetlock ID band.
What are you using on a daily basis to ID your horse? It may happen to you sooner than you think and most likely unexpectedly.
For more information of ID’s for your horse contact me at info@EquestriSafe.com
About the Author:
Teresa Spencer, horse owner, mother, wife, author and speaker at the 2011 Pomona Equine affaire. Co-owner of EquestriSafe and owner of California Horse Barns. Active member of: Equestrian Trails Corral 138, CSHA, AQHA, American Equestrian Trade Association and Equestrian Professionals.