Good idea to post that story Smrobs.
I've worked several rodeos when I was on patrol, here is a short list of things to go with your post that people can do to help protect their horses.
1. Be vigilant-Rodeo's are hectic exciting places but always check your horse frequently.
2. Pay attention to anyone hanging around the horses, make a mental note of what they look like ( top down) approx age, height, weight, hat or none, hair color, eye color, shirt, pants, shoes. This will help IF heaven forbid a horse is stolen to catch the person responsible.
3. Along with 2. watch for empty trailers pulling into the rodeo grounds, type/color of vehicle and type/color of trailer if possible a license plate number.
The key is be observant, look out for one another and the horses, as well as tack if you see something suspicious tell someone. It's always better to be safe than sorry,
Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne