keeping horses safe

Mutual Association for the Suppression of Horse Stealing: 1819

HorseStealing2An interesting archived constitution of by-laws for the Mutual Association for the Suppression of Horse Stealing circa 1819.

The articles read:

Article 1. This association, shall be known and distinguished by the name of the Mutual Association for the suppression of Horse Stealing.

Article 2. The Officers of this Association shall consist of a President, Secretary, Treasurer, Committee of Vigilance, to consist of six and a Board of Accounts to consist of three persons, who shall be elected annually by Ballot.

Article 3. The duty of the President shall be to preside over the Association, at their meetings and further to do all such acts, as by the Constitution and Bye Laws of this Association, he may be required to do and on all questions, arising at said meetings, he sall have a casting vote, and no other.

Article 4. It shall be the duty of the Secretary, to keep an exact and regular journal of the proceedings of the association with the Treasury.

Throughout history, horse stealing has been an issue those affected or threatened have taken very seriously. While the punishment for these crimes has lessened dramatically through the years, we as horse owners continue to take the threat with just as much offense as horse owners of the past. While we may be limited as to what we can do as far as the law is concerned, we CAN take a stand together and make it as difficult for theives to succeed as possible.

Donna Norton, EQR Co-Founder, states, “I see posts about stolen livestock on Facebook everyday. It is so important to protect our animals.” Our strongest defense today is modern technology; networking. We feel our database will continue to provide the most sophisticated networking functionality available in the US today, we have spared no expense in it’s development and maintenance.  Our commitment to its longevity and expansion is tremendous and ongoing.  We are proud of this powerful tool we have introduced to the equine industry and how far we have come over the past year.

We have a great interest in having as many members register their horses as possible within our national database for the purpose of strengthening the equine community nationwide, making it more difficult for thieves to succeed, and easier to bring our horses home.

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Top 10 Ways to Keep Horses Safe and how EQR can help

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We invest time and money to protect our homes and property, and often without realizing it, leave our horses vulnerable to theft from home, at shows or while traveling. Most of us personally know at least one person who has suffered the horrific violation of having a horse stolen. It’s time for the equine community to band together and take every step possibly to prevent horse theft. The measures provided can, at the very least, make it very uncomfortable for a thief to target and successfully profit from the theft of YOUR horse.

#10. Brand, microchip or tattoo.

While all three methods are beneficial, we at EQR highly recommend freeze branding. A branded horse is not a good target of theft, and will most often be passed over in preference of an unbranded target.

A brand greatly increases expedient, successful owner identification. A brand registered with your state can be used as proof of ownership. A brand registered with EQR provides a route for national identification and internet search-ability within our database, accessible by the public, law enforcement and animal welfare.

A horse with a brand is carrying his own source of identification which can not only help deter theft, but bring him home in the event of loss or natural disaster.

#9. Truck & Trailer Decals.

Chances are you personally know at least one person or family who have had their trailer stolen from a show, event, camping or even from home. Often, including their precious horses and valuable tack. The personal, emotional and financial loss can be phenomenal.

By adhering vinyl truck and trailer decals, your property becomes much less desirable a target. As EQR members, you may special order decals containing YOUR personal brand, farm name, and EQR emergency contact information, making it easier to identify your trailer from long distances. EQR works with our members and law enforcement in the event of theft to help in identification of property and provide media blasts not only to law enforcement, but to the public as well.

The best defense is to deter theft and make your property the least desirable target. As a second defense, EQR will make it very hard for whomever stole your property to hide!

Members: it is critical to keep your EQR membership profiles current and up to date with photos of your registered horses and trailers so that we BEST SERVE YOU should you need us.

#8. Mark Your Tack.

Marking the underside of your tack can help make identifying your property easier as well as deter prospective thieves. A number of methods may be used to mark your tack, including; permanent marker, leather engraving, identifying conchos and other silver type embellishments. Many of us at EQR prefer branding the undersides of our tack and recommend this method of marking tack.

When you order a branding iron from Pittsburg Foundry, you can also purchase a mini-iron perfect for such tasks. The mini-iron can also be used to brand steaks, wood decor and other items. By the way, all EQR members receive a discount coupon from Pittsburg Foundry saving members $40.00 off typical market price AND includes a FREE truck/trailer decal with your brand.  Now, your horses, truck/trailer and tack all carry your brand!

Visit our friends and sponsors at Pittsburg Foundry: http://www.freeze-brands.com/

#7. When You’re Away.

We often load up one or two horses and haul for a day of riding, leaving the rest of the herd at home. Not to mention long periods of time we may be away due to work or other reasons. These are times when neighbors or passersby may be the only eyes on our horses. What if our horses get out? Or are seen ‘down’ in their pasture, sick or injured? Often our neighbors have no idea what to do or how to handle an equine emergency, and no way to contact the horse owners.

Every EQR member receives a free outdoor emergency sign which can be mounted on a fence post, gate or barn. Additional signs may be purchased at any time. Each sign contains the EQR ‘hotline’ phone number, which is answered 24/7. Anytime an at-home emergency call is made in behalf of one of our member’s horses, EQR will personally contact that member with a report. Your privacy is ensured while a contact number is publicly posted for neighbors, passersby or even the police to be able to get word back to you regarding any emergency at home, through EQR. THAT’S security!

#6. Proof of Ownership.

Establish an organized, easy-to-find proof-of-ownership file. To save valuable time and frustration in proving ownership should a theft occur, keep on file:

a. Registration papers (if horse is registered with a breed association);
b. Dated bill of sale and/or breed association transfer-of-ownership paperwork;
c. Photographs; and
d. Description of mark or brand and written description of all unique characteristics.

All EQR members have the option of privately storing a digital copy of all such papers in their EQR membership profile, as well as current coggins test. All stored documents are for our member’s use only, and can be accessed by logging in to your membership profile from any location where internet is available, by computer, cell phone or other web enabled device. Documents may be printed from your file. Your documents are kept safe and will always be there should you need them for any reason, whether to assist in proving ownership or to temporarily replace lost or damaged originals.  This EQR service is free, and is included in all memberships.

#5.  House Away From the Road.

If you plan to build a barn or corral, locate it away from the road. Place facilities beyond your house if at all possible. They are less likely targets if they are more difficult to access and require thieves to pass a house. Lock gates to pastures that can be entered from the road.

Do not hang halters and lead ropes on stall fronts, corral gate posts or anywhere in the open. Secure halters in a locked tack room or feed room. Never leave halters on pastured horses.

EQR endeavors to provide theft prevention measures, deterring potential theft by publicly informing visitors that your farm and horses are protected by membership with EQR.  While EQR is not law enforcement, we believe that by working closely with law enforcement, sale barns, veterinarians, branding professionals, state brand registration entities, animal control agencies, borders/customs, and all forms of public media, that equine theft can be deterred and thwarted, and that horses may enjoy a life-line of security in an often cruel and unforgiving world.

#4. Photograph horses and keep photos current.

Photograph both sides of the horse as close as possible, being sure to get the entire horse in the frame. Although saddles, blankets, leg wraps and people may look good in a photo, they often impair the photo’s usefulness for identification. Take close-up pictures of any unique, identifying characteristics such as a brand, permanent scar or white markings.

At EQR, we recommend taking side views, both sides, with all 4 feet showing. Front and rear photos are certainly helpful as well. Within each EQR Member Profile, is an area where members are to upload photos of each of their horses, enter identifying marks, brands, microchip info, tattoos, etc. Members may also store digital scans of registration papers, current coggins, health papers, immunization and deworming records, so forth. This is a free service to all our members and a handy way to keep all your important documents and identification photos in one convenient location, accessible from any computer, smart phone or other web enabled device.

#3. Be able to identify quickly and without doubt.

“All my horses are branded and micro chipped. In case of theft or escape, I want to be able to identify mine quickly and without doubt.” Steve Jones, 33 years with LSU and the Arkansas Extension Services and State Equine Specialist.

Horses and equipment are stolen from barns, farms, pastures, boarding and training facilities, competitive events-even from backyards. Tracking stolen horses can be difficult because theft reports are often delayed and stolen horses can change hands frequently and at remote locations.

EQR members have a strong support system, first to assist in DETERRING theft, and second to QUICKLY assist in publicizing theft to the proper sources, media and public, and finally to assist in recovery and return in the unfortunate event of theft. Membership with EQR provides a lifeline to your equine companions and stock!

#2. Lifetime registration with EQR.

Upon joining EQR, members have the option to purchase a Lifetime Registration for each of their horses. Each Lifetime Horse remains in the EQR database as long as he/she lives. Registration is transferable from owner to owner for the life of that horse, and is given as a certificate. Should a horse end up in an undesirable situation years down the road, EQR will contact the person of interest who registered that horse, providing them the opportunity to rescue the horse and bring him back home, regardless of whether that person’s membership had been maintained over the years.

Brooke Ferguson, pictured here, has played a very active role in rehabbing and rehoming rescue horses through her family farm, Journey’s End Horses, where each rescue is given Equine Quick Response’s “Lifeline for a Lifetime”, to ensure they will always have a way back home. 

#1. All of the Above.

FREE Lifetime Registration – $50.00 Value

lifetime-sample72We are celebrating summer by offering our LIFETIME REGISTRATION **FREE** with any new membership for as many horses as you register ($50.00 value for each horse!). Our “Lifeline for a Lifetime” assures your horse a registry in our national database for the duration of its life. The certificate is transferable to new owners, should you sell or re-home your horse at any time. The original purchasing member’s contact information remains linked to that horse for life (members are responsible for keeping information current through the years.  New owners may be listed with a lifetime registered horse.  Complete owner history and contact information is archived and retained for each horse.). Your lifeline horse may be tracked back to you at any time through its life as a person of interest in this horse’s well-being.

For a limited time, new members receive their Lifetime Certificate in their membership packets for each horse registered (photos and details must be completed in each horse’s profile within our database to generate the certificate). Certificates are printed on beautiful parchment paper suitable for framing and will make a valuable addition to your horse’s documents.  Each horse registered for a lifetime will remain in the EQR national database regardless if the original member maintains their annual dues, and regardless of how many times the registered horse changes ownership.

This LIFETIME CERTIFICATE is so important to us as a value to horses, adding security to their livelihood and a lifeline to be returned to a caring home, that any current member wishing to receive a Lifetime Certificate for their presently registered horses may request to have certificates generated for their registered horses at a nominal fee to cover the cost of shipping and printing.  Don’t delay, the weather could change at any time and this offer will end!

HOW TO RECEIVE YOUR FREE LIFETIME CERTIFICATE

  1. Visit our website and choose a membership level which best suits your needs: http://www.eqr-us.com/Membership
  2. Purchase your membership (one time registration fee to set up your profile in the database and annual dues)
  3. Complete your profile information, add your horse’s photos and details
  4. Once your horse’s profiles are complete, your certificates will be generated from the information you provide.  Your certificate(s), one per horse registered, will be printed and shipped to you with your new membership packet.

Question: What’s the difference between a regular membership and a lifetime membership?

Answer: Regular memberships must be maintained by annual dues.  If a member has purchased a lifetime membership for a particular horse (or received one free with this offer), their horse’s profile and owner history will remain in our database regardless if the owner maintains their membership.  While the member may miss out on many member benefits, including the ability to add new horses, the lifeline horse will continue to be able to be tracked back to the original owner for its lifetime.

Lifetime Registration can only apply to the particular horse it was assigned to, though it is transferable to new owners.  Archived owners who are no longer members will not have a personal EQR member profile with their registered horses listed under them.  Only the lifeline horse will have a database entry, with owner contact information archived.  Lifetime Registration is only available for purchase by current members and their registered horses as a premium level of service.

Annual memberships pertain only to owners, with their registered horses listed under them in the database.  Members may also register trailers, store pertinent documents within each of their registered horse’s profiles, upload current photos at any time, access documents from any web enabled device, and receive discounts from our growing list of discount merchants, as well as other benefits.  Each member’s profile may serve as a ‘bank’ of important, crucial information, stored neatly according to the horse the information pertains to, easily accessed in the event of emergency, theft or disaster.

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Have you registered your horse with EQR?

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When you register your horse(s) with EQR, the registration fee is a ONE TIME fee to enter your horses in our national database. The annual fee is a yearly membership, payable on the anniversary of your signup date each year.

What can you Register?

  • Register your brand
  • Horses with tattoo, BLM Brand or Microchip
  • Unbranded Horses
  • Show, Pleasure, Trail and Performance Horses
  • Mules, Ponies and Draft Horses
  • Unregistered and Grade Horses
  • Vehicles & Trailers

How can EQR Help?

  • Searchable national database
  • Protection after sale or re-homing
  • Theft protection
  • Natural disaster support
  • Link to law enforcement and agencies
  • Emergencies at home

What is the EQR Database for?

  • Each member has a personal profile where you can enter your horses, your brand, specific details about each of your horses as well as photos.  Your profile will be searchable by the public, though no one will be able to see your personal information, your brand and horse photos will be searchable within our database according to the keywords you used in each of your horse’s descriptions, as well as markings, brand, tattoo, microchip details.
  • Law Enforcement and other agencies of interest to equine emergencies, rescue and care have non-member access to our database.  They cannot see your personal information, such as name, address, phone, etc. However, they are able to search our database by horse location, description, brand, markings and other specific keywords.
  • Anyone can file a report with EQR about a missing, lost, found or stolen horse.  Someone finding a horse can take photo with a cell phone or digital camera of the horse, its brand or any identifying factors, and upload it to our site for assistance with determining an owner.  EQR will contact the owner personally, private information is NEVER shared with any non-official EQR administration staff.
  • In the event of a natural disaster, authorities, veterinarians, and other persons may submit photos or details of found horses for identification.  Branded horses will have a higher success rate for quick identification and safe return to their owners.
  • Typically, every state has a booklet of registered brands.  Law enforcement from each state are provided with such books.  They are not digitized traditionally.  Many officers do not actually have them on hand in the field.  Now, all officials have access to a searchable national database to assist efforts in locating owners and safely returning lost, stolen or displaced horses.  Our database is easily accessed by any computer, and even smart phones with service in the field!

These are but a few uses for the Equine Quick Response database.  Please follow our blog for ongoing articles providing information and education about our services and the many ways EQR is determined to assist the equine industry in keeping horses safe, and reducing concerns of horse owners.

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