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        04-05-2014, 12:34 PM
    Well, turns out we do have a motion camera. Ursula does have identifying markings, and I have a ton of photos, plus her coggins papers with actual photographs for proof of ownership and ID. She is also microchipped. The other neighbors (the ones that we know and trust) have been alerted and are keeping an eye out for us too. I will continue to lock the barn doors at night and hide her halter. It's really a shame that we have to do this!
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        04-05-2014, 01:57 PM
    Originally Posted by kiltsrhott    
    Thanks for all the input so far guys! I will talk to my mom about her possibly making a statement for the police. I wasn't actually there for the incident on Tuesday night so I don't think I can be the one to make the statement. Unfortunately, I do not have this person's contact information. All I know about him is that he rents the pasture down the street. The next time I see this person, I will casually let slip that my grandmother does not drive so she is always home and watching the barn.

    I'm hoping the fact that we do not keep halters on our horses when unattended and the fact that Ursula can be difficult to halter and is super wary of strangers will prevent her from easily being stolen! I fear padlocks may be a safety issue.
    If it is YOUR horse, then you are the one who needs to report this, whether your mom likes it or not. I have a strong feeling she is way off-base as to the seriousness of this.
        04-06-2014, 04:04 PM
    I would not be locking the barn door. Is that not a hazard should there be a fire? Hiding the halter also, sort of silly, IMO. Most trained horses will lead with a rope around their neck, or strap of almost any kind, and chances are there is a halter in that trailer they are towing. I think you are way relaxed about this.
        04-06-2014, 07:03 PM
    All of the barn doors are locked except one. The one that is unlocked is around the side and he would have to go through a loud gate to get to it, and pass under the flood lights. My grandparent's bedroom is on the side of the house by the barn so they would hear and see movement out there if he were to come at night. The other doors are locked via latches on the inside. In the event of a fire, it would take the flick of a wrist to unlock them. No need for keys. And honestly, I'm not concerned about having halters available for fires. I am not taking the time to individually halter 8 horses and lead them out of a barn that is burning down. I'm opening doors, driving them out and closing doors behind them. The reason hiding her halter would slow him down is that she's an awkward size. She would not fit in a horse sized halter. If he had a draft halter from his horse, she wouldn't fit in that either. Really all the measures I'm taking are intended to slow a thief down long enough that he can be caught, not to prevent anyone from getting in the barn. Her halter is stashed in a place that would be easy for someone in my family who knows the barn to grab it, but a stranger would have to hunt for it.

    Honestly I don't think she would let a stranger halter her or lead her around. She's a rescue, and though we've come a long way, we still have a long way to go, and she's really not very well trained. She had minimal handling as a youngster and I'm still working through some of the basics with her now. She still turns her butt to my husband when he tries to catch and halter her. I definitely don't think she would walk willingly into a trailer with a person she didn't trust either. She'll cooperate for me only after years of patient work but she still gives every one else a hard time. This is why I'm not as worried as I probably would be if this were any other horse. It would be one heck of a job to try and steal my 1600lb mis-trusting, flighty, hard to halter, hard to load onto a trailer horse. I wouldn't be surprised if he got one taste of her skittish behavior and put her back. She's really not a good horse to work with unless you know how to handle her.

    I did dig and get his info, and submitted a complaint to the local police. Nothing further has been done. They can't arrest him for anything at this point, though they will be contacting him for us. We are just remaining vigilant. It's also tough because through this whole ordeal I have not had the support of my family. My mom still just thinks he's weird but wouldn't show up when no one's home and just take her. My husband has just had a "wait and see" attitude. He's not very reactive about anything and it drives me nuts sometimes. Obviously I care about my horse, but I've been doing all this leg work by myself. It's just been one giant headache since I found out about it on Wednesday.

    I still have not seen this person at all since Monday night. It makes me wonder what he's up to, if he's plotting something, or if he's just given up spying on us from his hill...
        04-06-2014, 07:19 PM
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    Read you have been doing some sleuthing. Good for you.

    Might also check netposse to see if there are any horses missing that fit description of horse he has too.

    As for not wanting to halter horses in case of fire, and just opening doors and chasing them out....if these horses are used to being stalled, that will not work. They will just go right back in their stalls, or to end of barn and die.

    They do not fear fire. They have to be led out and secured to save them.
        04-06-2014, 08:25 PM
    Originally Posted by Palomine    
    Read you have been doing some sleuthing. Good for you.

    Might also check netposse to see if there are any horses missing that fit description of horse he has too.

    As for not wanting to halter horses in case of fire, and just opening doors and chasing them out....if these horses are used to being stalled, that will not work. They will just go right back in their stalls, or to end of barn and die.

    They do not fear fire. They have to be led out and secured to save them.
    Net posse's a good I idea! I will look. The horse they have would be easy to ID because of his markings.

    Also, this is why I said push em out of the stalls and close the doors behind them so they could not reenter. Our horses are also not stalled all the time, only certain times of the year, and they really don't like to be stalled. They gladly leave if a door is left unguarded. I have considered buying those fire halters they sell or taking the throat straps off a few regular halters to be quicker to put on an off for emergency uses. The halters they have now would waste so much time in an emergency. If the barn were truly on fire it would be gone before you had time to individually halter and lead each horse out.
        04-06-2014, 08:54 PM
    Hm. I just picked through Net posse but didn't find any horses that fit the description of his horse. His horse is fairly distinct. I sorted through all the geldings and read the descriptions on ones without pictures. I even to a look through the stallions just in case. Found nothing... My mom said that he said he bought this horse off an Amish guy, which is totally believable in this area. This is why I think it's strange someone would target my horse. We have no shortage of drafts and draft crosses around here, for very cheap or even free!
        04-09-2014, 12:29 AM
    Sounds like you've done what you've needed to, and aside from being vigilant I wuld say you're done with it. (Fingers crossed nothing further happens!)

    FWIW I use halters that don't fit all the time... Just turn one horse out and use that halter on the other. I also know plenty of horses whose halters done fit, usually in the about to fall off nose variety (and have fallen off before!) No reason not to throw it on unless it's WAYYY too big or small (same for a fire!!)

    Glad nothing further has happened. I'm sorry you haven't been supported but better safe than sorry, I would be equally paranoid if it was my horse!!
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