Ditto, to what Debi said, the thieves will do everything to gelding them, coloring and cutting their manes and tails. The stolen horse usually does not even look like your horse. You have to look so closely for specific markings. That is why the microchip and freeze-brand is a great identifying marker. Along with a lot of pictures of you with all sides of your your and a friend as a witness that it is your horse. So many things are little details and important details.
I had Debi come do a seminar not just for me , personally , but for my horse friends and community to education folks in our area. The southeast and northeast seems to get hit the most, respectively.
But, it is every where, including internationally. So we have been around since Debi's husband , Harold's horse Idaho was stolen in 1997 from NC.
We are the Amber Alert for the horse world. We hit emails , Facebook, forums, blogs, twitter and fliers are made for auction houses and feed stores, etc.