Your tack is a significant investment, so you’ll want to make sure that your tack is always protected against theft. Put these six ways to prevent tack theft to work today.
1. Install a Locking Tack Room Door
One of the easiest ways to protect your tack against theft is to install a locking tack room door. You should be able to secure your tack room whenever you are not present in the barn. If the tack room needs to be accessed by multiple boarders, then installing a pin pad access box may be the perfect solution for both security and accessibility.
2. Put Nameplates On Your Tack
Putting a nameplate on your tack can help to deter someone from trying to take it, because it’s so clearly labeled. Consider getting nameplates for your saddle and bridle to identify the items as yours.
3. Microchip Your Saddle
If you own an expensive saddle, you might decide to microchip it to help prevent theft and increase the chances of it being returned to you if it is stolen. A tiny microchip can be inserted directly into the saddle. Register the microchip in your name online, and if anyone scans the stolen saddle, it will be evident who the rightful owner is.
4. Use a Locking Saddle Rack
Locking saddle racks can be a great way to prevent the theft of saddles. Locking saddle racks consist of an extra arm which descends down over the top of your saddle. The rack can be locked closed using a padlock or combination lock, and until the lock is removed, the saddle cannot be removed from the rack.
5. Install Video Cameras
Installing video cameras is an effective method of deterring theft on your property. Install a number of cameras in and around your barn, and make sure that at least one camera is focused on your tack room. Many thieves will avoid your barn for fear of being caught, and if a theft does occur, you may have video footage which is valuable in the investigation.
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6. Keep Your Tack Protected at Horse Shows
Tack thefts commonly occur at horse shows. It’s fairly easy for a thief to take your tack out of an unattended tack stall or trailer. Because of the busy atmosphere of horse shows, it’s important to be extra cautious about protecting your tack. Keep your tack securely locked in a stall, or lock it inside tack trunks so that it’s out of sight. Never leave your tack unattended in the barn aisle or in an unlocked horse trailer or dressing room.