In the recently concluded Olympic Games Rio 2016, equestrian horses are one of the competitions highlights, showcasing their synergetic and cooperative performance alongside the grace and accuracy of the equestrianism talent of the rider.
Competition and race horses are showered with utmost care and treatment as their worth value ranges from hundreds of thousands of dollars to as high as millions. Champion racehorses, for instance, are still fairly expensive even after they retire since their pedigree and special skills are sought after by most breeders.
Horses are without a doubt, highly valuable animals especially in the field of horse racing and equestrian sport. But owning and keeping a horse can be costly. Owners pay quite a lot of money to keep their horses healthy and happy. A basic horse care would include food, boarding, vaccinations, supplements, veterinarian visits, equipment (saddles, halters, buckets, etc.) among others. Yes, it’s not cheap!
With theft happening everywhere nowadays, even the animals are not safe!. Locking up the farm is necessary and highly expensive animals such as horses should also be secured round-the-clock. Horse owners are always on the look-out when it comes to safeguarding their animals. Throughout history, numerous reports have been filed about horses being stolen. Some of these animals were successfully recovered, others end up being dead while being attempted to be rescued, and others were slaughtered so their horse meat can be sold. No doubt such experience would be devastating to the horse owners as they have considered their animal companions as part of their family.
In lieu of these horse thefts, strategies are seriously taken by horse owners to prevent the opportunity of having their horses stolen from them. Here are some reasonable recommendations to consider when it comes to securing valuable horseflesh:
• The location’s facility should have only one access road into the property for vehicles and ensure that it passes near the residence or the security office.
• Should there be other entry points, then it should be securely locked when not in use, and if the need arises to access it, owners or caretakers should have a contact to a 24-hour emergency locksmith
• Setting up of video surveillance systems or cameras that will serve as added 24/7 security. This is a popular choice among stable owners.
• Installation of sensor-operated security method is effective to warn off would be intruders.
• Burglar alarms can be useful, provided that the distance is within the close premise of the owner/handlers quarters.
• Other forms of level-up horse security, are called freeze marking, hoof branding, microchipping and horse passport. This kind of safety measure is offered by professional service providers that specifically caters to horse owners.
• Customary security signage may also be helpful in deterring would-be thieves as they tend to shy away especially if they have full awareness that their crime can lead to early discovery.
All of these combinations of security and safety precautionary measures are practical, convenient, safe and cost-effective, providing the owner with the assurance and peace of mind knowing that their prized possession is safe and properly taken care of.