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Identification. Freeze brand or microchip.

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1 year ago
Recently an expensive horse was stolen from an auction barn after having been sold. Subsequently the auctioneers advised breeders to freeze brand their stock in addition to microchips as a deterrent to would be thieves.It appears that horse thieves are not just something out of a history book.
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Know where you're coming from, there's been good rain now in our area but really patchy and our patch of dirt doesn't seem to be in the path of any of it, all around us have had between 2 and 5 inches over the past 2 to 3 wks, we've had 20mls not even 1 inch, and really hot days to dry up the little bit of green pick that did come up. On a brighter note hay isn't too hard to get here and for reasonable horse quality, varies from $8 to $10 & $12 top grade, so the show horses look great still. Our local Ag show is on in a few wks so I'm keeping busy working the horses each day.Am guessing you have Q Horses, Cutters, reining, pleasure? I have A.S.H's and Welsh ponies. Campdrafts and teampenning have started for the year but all the events are having trouble getting cattle and 2 penning days have been cancelled and a few drafts also, I also attend a few gymkhanas each year and luckily they don't need to source cattle to run these days. I also have a pinto gelding ch/white tobiano just over 15 hands and take him to local breed shows and whatever Ag shows have classes for him, he's a great little allroundr and does pleasure, hacks,pens,drafts, and is cool to ride in company out on trails.I'm not overly computer literate but if I can work out how to I'll stick up a couple of photos of the boys.
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Very dry, dams nearly empty, cost of quality feed sky high and the prospect of no worthwhile Autumn growth. Nearly impossible to keep competitive condition on show horses does it sound like I'm complaining. Actually that's just the facts. - Quarters
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You are so right, horse theives are around in this day and age but I'm not sure that there is an answer to the problem, it's an age old one and as quickly as you have new and better ways to identify stock there are the professional stock theives out ther who will devise ways to get round the new measures put in place. I believe owners will have to be more vigilent and less trusting. On a different tack, hows the weather in Vic, we have been in drought for so long and it has finally rained, not enough, but a definite start and I was wondering how Vic was faring.