Hello, my name is Lynn and on 1st June 2006 my beloved horse Toby was stolen from his field. The police came out and took a statement from me, but as the officers really dont know much about horses, there was little that they could do.
Your beloved horse is stolen -
So what do you do then?, apart from driving around, looking in fields, talking to other horse owners? Its like looking for a needle in a haystack.
I went on the internet, and found there was an organisation called Horse Watch, I contacted them, and through them have sent his photos far and wide. Unfortunately as yet I have had no news, but I find comfort in the phone calls, E mails and messages I have recieved from HW people offering to help. They go to sales across the country, sales which are impossible for me to attend. They also look out for tack, trailers, equipment, rugs. This is purely voluntary, and I cant thank them enough for trying to help me.
I am trying to raise awareness,of the growing problem of thieves taking our animals and tack etc, we need to combine our efforts and work together to help stop this happening. The more eyes and ears that Horse Watch has, the more chance we have of finding them.
If there was one member on every yard in this country, keeping an eye on new horses arriving, and checking out the Stolen Horse Register, or simply observing new arrivals in fields around their home area, then horse crime would be vastly reduced.”
Your Horse/s and items of equipment are now at serious risk, even whilst you sit reading this. Your horse-box and/or horses, with all the expensive security measures you might possibly take, could disappear tonight. Your coloured horses are almost certain to be already marked down for a visit by the theft brigade. Harness and tack disappears by the lorry loads (yes, lorry loads plural) every month throughout Great Britain.
Your equine purchase today could well be the theft of yesterday, I use yesterday in its broadest possible sense.
The equine world is riddled with theft, cruelty and abuse. Sorry, but it is true.
So what can Horse Watch do? Well; Horse Watch, for a very small subscription of £5 per year:
* Unites horse owners across the whole of England, Scotland and Wales, as well as Northern Ireland.
* Provides free expert advice and information.
* Provides access to a free, Police backed, National Web Site, where thefts, theft recoveries, problems, events, and information are posted, often within minutes of the first report becoming available.
* Has links to other important sites, such as The Stolen Horse Register, Stolen Trailers and Horse Box registers, latest equipment information, events and the very latest security developments.
* Investigates and initiates nationwide action in respect of any reported offences or concern.
* Provides tack marking, freeze marking, horse micro-chipping events, as well as table top sales and sponsorship events.
* Holds County Branch meetings where branches are established and also helps to establish new branches where a number of persons wish to set up their own branch
* Will provide individual members with a full branch service from the nearest branch, if no branch local to those members is available.
Having said that, Horse Watch depends upon membership to be able to function and without the support of members it can only fail.. We have no paid staff and all subscriptions are applied to Horse Watch work only.
Meanwhile, we promise you that the theft brigade will have its eyes on you sooner or later. You just need to anticipate when that might be…..like tonight, tomorrow, next week, next month or next year; when you are asleep or out for the day, they can strike in minutes………and what you might do to defeat them is something we can help you with.