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    06-11-2013, 09:26 AM
Identifying a stolen saddle

Out of curiosity would you have an implant (size of a grain of rice) put in your saddle in order to identify it in the case of theft? It would be well concealed. Most vets and some police have scanners. The implant, the non sterilized version of the ones used in dogs have individual codes which the scanner reads. Would you pay $35 to have this extra protection?
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    06-11-2013, 09:34 AM
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If it were a saddle I would never sell, sure. But how would the sale process then work? Would there have to be a notarized transfer form filed to show change of ownership on saddle with the chip? Seems like that could turn into a hassle for some. Especially in cases like consignment shops. And I would assume there would be fees associated with the transfer, to pay for the employees in charge of maintaining the database, etc. In theory its a good idea, but I'm thinking the cons would outweigh the pros overall. The comparative rarity of saddle theft compared to the hassle regarding the chip. Its not quite the same as a pet, that could escape or get lost and need to be identified.
    06-11-2013, 09:44 AM
Green Broke
Probably not. It requires someone to scan for it. The saddle could get passed around thousands of times between individuals and insincerely doubt everyone is going to buy a scanner just in case the saddle they might be buying is stolen. A tack shop might buy a scanner but most people don't sell their saddles that way.
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    06-11-2013, 07:04 PM
When the person with the scanned saddle sells it, the code goes with it on the bill of sale. But, if the saddle is stolen and the police receive good pics. It is a chance at getting a saddle back rather than a complete loss. I appreciate the input, perhaps it's not worth investing in.
    06-11-2013, 07:12 PM
For my own saddles, probably not. However, if I had a tack room full of $20K show saddles, I might sing a different tune.
    06-11-2013, 07:29 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by smrobs    
For my own saddles, probably not. However, if I had a tack room full of $20K show saddles, I might sing a different tune.
My thoughts exactly. Also, who trains the police and organizes the database part of it?
    06-11-2013, 07:33 PM
Well, I can only speak for my own area, but whenever tack is stolen, they just keep an eye out at local pawn shops. Generally, your best bet at getting back a recovered saddle after it's been stolen is to keep a record of the makers mark on it, the numbers that are stamped on it, and any marks/scars that it might have. Of course, pictures are a whole lot better, but if you can tell the cops that it's this brand, this style, with this serial number stamped here, and a scratch 3 inches long on the right side of the skirt, then the odds that you'll get it back are pretty good.

We don't even microchip our horses around here because sale barns don't scan and cops don't have scanners. Pictures, brands, and paperwork are how we positively identify stuff.
    06-11-2013, 09:56 PM
To me the only purpose of a micro-chip, whether on an animal or an object is to identify it once it has been recovered. The micro-chip doesn't help actually find it.

I doubt I'd bother. If I spent lots of bucks on a nice saddle, I'd expect to be able to ID it by the characteristics that smrobs described.
    06-11-2013, 09:59 PM
I intend to brand my saddles the same as my horses.
Prevention is way more effective then recovery.

I guess what I mean is, who's going to steal a saddle or even a horse that is clearly marked? Not many around here.
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    06-12-2013, 04:28 AM
Green Broke
For $8 a year I got a rider on my insurance that covers all my tack and saddles, much more cost effective than hoping police actually do something.

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