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  • Equine padlock law
  • Can you lock up horses in barn

 
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    05-06-2010, 09:46 PM
  #11
Trained
How about a little smoke and mirrors, post several signs around the property indicating the property is being monitored by video or an alarm system? Also, internet based cameras are pretty easy and cheap to set up these days. Mounting a few on your barn might give you some more piece of mind.
     
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    05-07-2010, 04:09 AM
  #12
Foal
Okay thnks, the thing is I already have gates and they all have chains and padlocks on but my friends horses they cut through the wooden fence and took them out like that. Also we have had a before were people have let the horses out there stables and I have come down in the morning to find them galloping around the field. They didn't come through the gate they just climbed over the fence. Padlocks would also stop people doing this.
     
    05-07-2010, 07:35 AM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by Hannahl    
Okay but the stable it next to the house (it's just 2 stables for my ponies) So I would be the first on scene anyway. I'm just worried about the horse theifs, and the more security I have the better really.
Barn fires burn very quickly, and the horses can perish from smoke long before the fire. Recent tragic nearby barn fire where the owner's residence is also right by the barn. Orange County barn fire kills 13 horses :: WRAL.com
I would never padlock a barn...if someone really wanted your horse, it wouldn't stop them anyway.
     
    05-07-2010, 12:03 PM
  #14
Yearling
Get a dog or two to keep in the barn or on the property. Most thieves won't bother a place with barking dogs, especially big dogs. It's just not worth it to either be caught from the barking or potentially be bitten as they don't know if the dogs are nice or not.
     
    05-07-2010, 12:17 PM
  #15
Banned
I think the alarm idea is good. If they're cutting through fences keep the horses in their stalls and just exercise them till everything clams down?
     
    05-08-2010, 10:48 AM
  #16
Foal
Please, do not put any type of lock on the stable or stall doors. While it may seem that it would be easy to get your horses out in case of fire, this would not be the case.

Installing a gate with padlock at your driveway would be a much better option. Have you thought about a guard dog? Thieves choose homes with dogs last...
     
    05-08-2010, 10:07 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Consider your own reaction time in the case of a true emergency such as a fire -- can you be sure that you will have the keys to the locks with you at all times and have the presence of mind to be able to work the lock in the state of panic you will be in? Even if you are the first on the scene, you are not likely to be able to work the lock as fast as you think you will be.
     
    05-08-2010, 11:17 PM
  #18
Trained
If you brand your horses IF a thief is stupid enough to take them you will most likely get them back. Who is stupid enough anyway to risk a felony for a horse. The way the market is you would be better off stealing hubcaps.
     
    05-10-2010, 09:26 PM
  #19
Green Broke
I support the people mentioning getting a good guard dog, particularly a LGD. Not many people would want to mess with one. I don't lock my barn, but my male collie has patrol of the property at night. He is a very, very good LGD, has has driven away intruders before. I do have padlocks on my pasture gates, at the advice of my insurance company, since I had someone come into my pasture and get injured once. Although the padlock wouldn't stop anyone from coming through the fence, apparently in the law's eyes, it makes the difference between general and criminal trespass. Strangely.
     
    05-10-2010, 09:53 PM
  #20
Trained
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Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
I do have padlocks on my pasture gates, at the advice of my insurance company, since I had someone come into my pasture and get injured once. Although the padlock wouldn't stop anyone from coming through the fence, apparently in the law's eyes, it makes the difference between general and criminal trespass. Strangely.
Off the OP topic, but locking gates is also related to potential liability due to 'attractive nuisances' laws. Horses, like swimming pools, are generally considered 'attractive nuisances' since they attract people (everyone loves horses, especially children) that may not be/are not aware of the dangers, e.g. The attractiveness of petting a horse may lead children to enter a fenced pasture because they don't realize the danger involved with the action. The laws state that the owner must take reasonable care to protect against such dangers, and the more that you do (e.g. Signs, locks, etc), the better you are protecting others from the danger and yourself from potential liability problems.
     

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