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    08-20-2012, 12:45 AM
  #11
Yearling
If you do put cameras up, I would definitely place one where you can clearly see a license plate on a vehicle. You may not be able to see faces, but license plates don't lie. Hide the license plate one though so no one can plan ahead to avoid a plate being seen. I would also put a real camera at every entrance (barn entrance, field entrance) and one that could capture your front and back pasture line. Lots of fake cameras is a good idea.
     
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    08-20-2012, 12:47 AM
  #12
Yearling
Also, you might want to make a report to the police. There may have been similar instances with these people that you don't know of.
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    08-20-2012, 01:11 AM
  #13
Showing
I've looked around and there are a few places online where you can design your own brands.

There are places like L & H Branding Irons. They seem to have really good quality.
L & H Branding Irons - We've got your brand.

There is also Valley Vet.
Freeze Brand Custom 3" L H MFG CO (Identification - Brands - Freeze)
I linked to the 3" iron because that's as small as I would want to go. They do have 2" brands, but the bigger ones are more easily seen from longer distances.

Pretty much anywhere you go, a custom design is going to be more expensive. If you just wanted to do your initials and run them together somehow, you could just buy the individual letters from L&H for about $85 and have the brander put them on how you wanted. Most custom jobs are going to be $100+ just for the iron.

As for design, you can get pretty much anything you want on there, it's just a matter of cost. A lot of people use their initials run together. That's what we had for our cattle when I was a kid. My Grandpa's initials were N.R. And that's the brand that we used. I had considered getting my brand made the same way but with J.R. Instead, but I've since changed my mind and decided that I want something more original. Something that it's unlikely anyone else will have...anywhere.

I've attached a drawing (not sure how it'll turn out) kind of showing how those initial brands look.

In addition to the brand, though, I would also take added security measures like cameras and locks. If you happen to see them again, take down the license plate number from their vehicle. Make sure you know where they are living if they live close. Put up No Trespassing signs on every single entrance to your property and along your fencelines.

Here is a nice video about the process of the whole thing done by the same folks.
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    08-20-2012, 01:21 AM
  #14
Trained
Liquid nitrogen is fun to play with....

     
    08-20-2012, 01:38 AM
  #15
Green Broke
OP, did you happen to get the name and/or license plate of the unpleasant visitors? Good to keep that on file if you did.

Also, you might want to do a forum search on brand inspection (or brand inspectors). As I recall there was quite a debate and sharing of information with regard to having a brand inspection done on your horse (apparently you don't need to have a brand as such, it just get the horse's vital information officially recorded and it creates a paper trail and proof of ownership claim if the worse happens).
     
    08-20-2012, 01:46 AM
  #16
Green Broke
That creeps me out.. like makes me wanna go check on my horses creeps me out..
     
    08-20-2012, 12:27 PM
  #17
Yearling
Sam's Brand

Here is a close up of Sam's brand. It is supposed to be WF with a rocking under the W. From the look of the brand, it is easy to spot where the vet applied more pressure to the W than she did to the F. The hair grew back on the F in more of his natural coat color than white. He didn't flinch when it was being applied, so I know it wasn't him being a butt.

This photo was taken at probably at the 8 week mark. I am pretty sure I had it done in early May.

Today there is not much of an improvement to its clarity or visibility but I keep hoping that it improves. It looks terrible; like a bad tat on a person.

It was only $75 so I may consider having her do it over next Spring.
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    08-21-2012, 04:11 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Thanks for all the responses! I tried to post on here about 2 days ago, but the internet wasnt didnt want to work with me.

So here we go.....a coworker of mine lives down the street from them, and has told me that they seem off, and seem to be into doing drugs and what not. I think I may wait on the freeze brand. Havent seen or heard from them since. I can tell you that since I have brought my horse home I have been paranoid about just about everything. But all the neighbors love him, and they all come out of their horse and watch when I bring him out. They watch him quite a bit when he's in his pasture as well, and all have offered to let me let him graze on their land, and use their manure for their gardens, ect, ect.

Funny, he's kind of a celebrity around here. But the gate is pad locked, and only I have the key to it. We have dogs that bark at ANY noise they hear outside, there are no trespassing signs up along the fence line. I have his registration papers, and current coggins. His markings, for those who don't know my guy, are VERY distinctive, and I have yet to see a horse with the same markings that he has. So besides getting cameras, is there anything else you suggest I look into?

My brother is now out of school as well, and he is home literally 24/7. My hubby and I have alternating shifts, so there is almost always someone home, that's reliable, as you can't count on my brother to do much.

Thanks for all the posts! They help more than you know!!
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    08-21-2012, 08:21 PM
  #19
Green Broke
OP, Good to hear.
     

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