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post #1 of 5 Old 08-05-2020, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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GPS tracker for horse turned out

I have been so exhausted and caught up in the joy of finally having my horse close I haven't even started a journal! But I'm taking lots of pictures. Once I am more in a routine can write up.

But I've had a LOT of people comment about having Katie insured, micro-chipped etc. She is on open farm land and the access gates are on a direct bridleway/ public path. If someone wanted to steal her they would have to walk her past the houses at the end of the lane. The lady that lies on the end of the lane wouldn't just let someone walk a horse past her house at 4am.

Katie does stand out - but there are a few other "expensive" horses compared (talking less than 10k but compared to the horses where people bought for 50...)

Good news: when one of the ladies went to go pet Katie she ran away. She runs away from strangers and wont let herself be caught. But I can call her over to me with no trouble. So I don't think she would easily allow herself to be caught and walked off by a stranger.

Bad news: travellers/gypsies are in the area... notorious for stealing horses. The farmer had to pay them to get off one of his crops recently so he could harvest it. He put a concrete block in front of the field gate so they can't get in.

Options:

1. put a gps collar on her overnight that notifies me if it's cut or taken out of range

2. put a tiny thumb-sized gps tracker and braid it into her tail/mane where it'll be hidden and in winter attached to a rug etc - I've spent hours going through these. They can be set to ping every 1 minute or XYZ when there is movement. It can ping when it goes out of the "set perimeter".

I think I'll go with #2 but wanted to ask opinions. I asked previously but then figured I shouldn't worry. But now I wont be able to sleep at night if I don't have something...
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-05-2020, 11:40 AM
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I would not put anything on her like a blanket with tracking attached to that...
Remove the blanket you just lost the tracking to find a empty blanket and gone horse...no!
The neck one is intriguing as long as the field is very free of things she could get snagged on...
Instead of a neck, what about a pastern one if they make them that way so it could be made to fit snug, as in very snug so less chance of snag occurs and even a say splint boot covers it if that is a viable thought...
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If you are concerned with stealing she needs a micro-chip embedded like yesterday as at least it points back to you if she is ever wanded if she went missing.
Smaller than a grain of rice is not a issue for application.

Don't teach her to be friendly to anyone lessens the chance of her being swiped...
As long as she comes to you, and you will be their for vet/farrier care then you are good.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-05-2020, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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She is microchipped - the vets check anyway as routine before doing teeth vaccinations etc and compare to passport. I will also look at pastern one. This is a picture of the one I have been thinking of getting. Just wondering the viability of it being braided in mane or tail. For once I'm sad she has no feathers!

I'm considering the yepzon 1. Obviously if I put it in mane or tail it'd only be overnight and would change location each time so it doesn't rub.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-05-2020, 12:32 PM
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If it is being done for the threat of stealing, you need to hide it deep in her mane/tail...
If I was a thief or up to no good and saw that it would be yanked out and gone sailing in the field immediately...
To me, that is going to be seen easily on her neck...
Than again, maybe that is part of the deterrent....seen.
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I've never had luck with braid ins. Some how some way they typically get them off within a few days. The longest I have had one stay is a week. These were braided into the under mane closest to the neck and behind where they rub if itching face and ears. I'm on the same page as HLG about halters. Not wearing them without supervision. I personally would leave it with the microchip and not worry about GPS. Being know to and having an active theft ring are two different things. I would think more likely fields where there are not people in and out and houses close would be targeted so they horse isn't swiftly missed. Here many know who belongs where and a wandering horse is returned quickly or penned until owner is notified. It surprises me when I get calls about neighbors not seeing X horse in the pasture and they want to know why. At first an irritation now not so much. We all tend to look out for each other.

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