Take colour photos of your animal in the winter and again in the summer from both sides, head on and tail.
- If there is a distinctive mark or scar, take a close up photo of these.
- Photograph the chestnuts. You will then have a comprehensive record of your horse.
- Get your horse freezemarked or have a microchip implanted.
- Ensure you have a passport for your horse. This is a legal requirement.
- If reporting a horse related incident, please use terminology that can be easily understood.
- Join your local Horse Watch Scheme.
- If you believe an animal wild or domestic is or has been mistreated in the first instance call DEFRA (Trading Standards) or call the Police.
- Report any suspicious activity involving your livestock to the Police.
- Check your livestock regularly. Dont ignore it if they are making more noise than usual.
- Check the security of boundary fencing/hedging and make regular checks of fields where animals are kept to ensure fences are not breached.
- Use eartags, horn brands, freeze marking or tattooing to make animals more easily identifiable.