They Used To Hang Horse Thieves…

…and many people still wish that they did-along with the abusive folks. Personally, I’m not one of them. I think hanging is a waste of good rope. It doesn’t really solve the problem anyway-it only drives it further underground.

Now whether you agree with me or not, the bald-faced fact remains-people are still, in this day and age, stealing horses, cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys, mules, and just about any other kind of livestock you can name. The truth of the matter is-and they don’t like to admit it-law enforcement is waging a losing battle in this. They simply cannot cover so much ground, so many miles, and track down property that MOVES.  What’s worse for them is-this property can be trucked across state lines within 24 hours, slaughtered, and it is just GONE. 

Very, very little or none of these animals are permanently identified in any way. Oh, back in the early 80’s I think it was, there was an initiative by the US Agriculture Department to  microchip all livestock. The conspiracy theorists got their hair up and starting claiming that the ‘guv’mint was going to track our movements from outer space’ and ‘they’d know what we were doing in our homes with our dogs and cats’.  Another pet theory was that ‘next they’d be implanting chips in humans to track them’.

Considering that the Feds cannot seem to keep track of anything of their own-never mind what the population is doing or they would have prevented the OK City bombing, 9/11, and a whole rat of other calamities, I can’t, for the life of me, see why they’d care that I was taking my horse for a trail ride in the state next door. It just boggles my mind. Either I’m just not that important or the conspiracy folks are and I missed the memo.

Anyway-the huge elephant in that ointment was the fact that microchips are just there. They just sit in place and do absolutely NOTHING until somebody comes along with a scanner that has the right software. Then the scanner ‘tickles’ or ‘excites’ the chip which then responds with the encoded number that is unique to that chip. Then it goes back to doing NOTHING. They are incapable of causing cancer (somebody started passing that one around-no, they don’t), they can’t migrate to some place else (the covering encourages the tissues to actually grow INTO it which anchors it in place), nor can they ‘transmit’ to outer space (that requires a power source which they do not have.)

So what was the point of doing it? Well, at the time, we were having the ‘mad cow disease’ scare and the disease specialists thought-rightly-that being able to know where animals were and being able to track them would be a good thing. That way, if they got sick, you’d be able to know where they came from, where they’d been, and all the animals they might have infected. But the Tin Hats got in the way (my term for conspiracy people).

It is now nearly 40 years later-the rest of the civilized world is microchipping and tracking their livestock but the United States stubbornly and stupidly does not. Oh, we will get dragged kicking and screaming, shouting curses the entire way into it. We have to act like toddlers who don’t want to eat their spinach, wind up wearing most of it, then ordering spinach salads as adults.

One of the facts about the microchipping abroad is-where it is being done as a matter of course-theft plummeted. You cannot sell a horse without the ‘passport’ associated with the chip. No vet will treat a horse without scanning it and using the chip number-so they will know immediately who the registered owner should be. You cannot show the horse without being scanned. Breeders use the chips to ensure the identities of sire and dam. Racetracks use the chips to confirm the horses’ prior to and after the races. And Customs require chips to ship out/into a country. It is nearly impossible to steal a horse and get away with it in some areas.

So forget the rope-let’s focus on making it impossible for these people to FUNCTION and MAKE MONEY at our horses’ and our expense. Identify our horses and stop them before they load up.



Chasing Stolen Horses


This was in my home state practically ‘next door’ to where we live. It seems incredible to most people that someone would steal a horse, but they do-and, in many cases, they get away with it. Why? It doesn’t seem logical at first, but it really is very reasonable when you learn the facts.

  • Horses are surprisingly easy to transport and resale. There are supposed to be laws regarding this, but they are quite lax and easily worked around.
  • Most horse owners do not keep adequate records on their horses. By that I mean they do not keep bills of sale, registration papers, photographs, vet bills, Coggins, health certificates, farrier bills, show records, etc. organized and in one place. They can’t prove that a horse is actually THEIRS if their lives depended on it.
  • Owners rarely-rarely-do anything toward permanetly identifying a horse. I guess they think that they can walk out to a holding pen, point their finger, and say, “That’s my horse-give it back.” Nope-sorry, doesn’t work that way. Especially when somebody else is standing there holding a bill of sale that says that same horse belongs to THEM. Guess what John Law is going to do? That’s right-he’s going to side with the person who holds the paperwork. You lose.
  • Auction owners and managers do not know nor do they care where a horse comes from. What they care about is the consignment fee they get when the horse is sold. They want the animals run through quickly and get them off the property. That’s wonderful news for horse thieves, kill buyers, and horse ‘flippers’. Terrible news for horse owners. However-most of them will work with us. Being known as a place where this goes down is bad for business for the most part.
  • The public is genuinely unaware that this really does go on. Even law enforcement doesn’t have a clue on how to react or how to deal with it. We teach as we go.

Fortunately, in this case, the owners came to us immediately so we could get to work to stop the resale before they really got started with their plans. That is critical to making a recovery happen. They never got the horses more than about 100-150 miles from their home.

We blanketed the entire area with notifications on social media and emails. People were putting up that flier everywhere in Georgia and the rest of the Southeast. Auctions were being called. TV stations were doing stories. It became impossible for them to ‘move the product’.

Those horses disappeared on 9/21, but they were back home by 9/26.

What’s going on with the thieves? Don’t know-that’s a question for law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office as the case is still under investigation. Our job is finished.

Now-did we get paid for all this? Well, there is a filing fee of $25. That got them 3 unpaid volunteers working 10-12 hour days for nearly 5 days. I will let you do the math.

Satisfying? Immensely so. You can watch the videos on the Stolen Horse International Facebook page to see the pure joy and relief captured on the images there.

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What IS Competitive Trail Riding?

First off-it is NOT endurance-while it does involve horses and distance, it is most definitely in no way shape or form linked to endurance. The two sports are like apples and grapefruit-both round, delicious, and good for you, but not the same.

Let me explain:

Endurance: This is about the HORSE only. It is primarily a RACE to see who can get to the finish line first. There’s more to it than that-otherwise, there’d be a lot of dead or dying horses-and there have been in some of the early years. Things have changed-mostly-and the horses are better protected by the rules now. American Endurance Ride Conference is the governing body if you are interested in further exploration of the subject.

In some respects, it is simpler than competitive trail. I know some people that do ride both. They’ll train a horse first in competitive trail to get the miles and sound mind on them, then go for the speed. It does seem to make for a more ‘sane’ horse that will take care of himself (and you) on the trail.

I’ve never tried it so I don’t know. A good many people ride just to complete and get that completion ribbon. You don’t have to finish in any particular time frame-you can walk the entire way. (I think that’s the ‘turtle’ award?)  JMHO-if you’re going to pay to get in-compete at some level. Don’t just trail ride. You could get out there any afternoon and do that. But that’s just me. What do I know?

Competitive Trail Riding (CTR)–There are several organizations out there, but the biggest one (and oldest, I think) is North American Trail Riders Conference. They all pretty much do things the same way with some variations on the theme. I’m most familiar with NATRC, so I’ll describe theirs. Just be aware that it is not the same all the time. Capture

CTR is a sport that evaluates the horse and rider as a team. You ride a defined route each day at a certain pace so that EVERY horse is tested at approximately the same rate of exertion over the same obstacles by the same set of judges. Each team will be seen multiple times during each day. The rider is also judged at the same time. There are two DIFFERENT judges-vet for the horse and horsemanship for the rider. Two score cards are kept-one for each. A baseline exam/judging is done to start the event-the horse is examined for lameness, soreness, and to mark anything that might be marked off later if not identified at this point (little boo-boos or nicks). The rider is judged on presentation to the judges and handling of the horse during the exam.

During the course of the ride, the vet and horsemanship judges will use natural obstacles to further test the trail suitability of the horses. They will stop the ride at least twice to check pulse and respiration recoveries. The vet judge will check for lameness and tack checks for rubs, while the horsemanship judge may do things like judged off-side mounts, side passing over a log, backing up an incline, or pulling brush with a rope.

In camp, the horses will be kept in pretty much the same stabling conditions. Often this will be tied to the trailers, but can be high lines or stalls if provided. Individual corrals are not allowed as some will have them, but others won’t. It skews the results. high line horse

A final checkout exam is done shortly after the final miles are completed to assess the horses’ fitness to continue, lameness, etc. Again, the riders’ will be judged on presentation to the judges, grooming, etc. Then score cards will be tallied. Ribbons will be awarded by the vet judge on horse condition, while the horsemanship judge will award placement to the riders. COMBINED awards will go to those teams with the best overall scores.

There may also be breed awards depending on sponsorship and the ride. There are levels of competition-Novice, Competitive Pleasure, and Open with Junior classes for those 12-18 year olds. Horses must be a minimum of 4 years of age to compete. Stallions can compete-with special rules. No junior may ride a stallion. Any breed of horse, ass, or mule is eligible. Shoes, barefoot, or boots are permissible. Saddles must be used.

What do I like about CTR? The naturalness of it-the judges are out there WITH the horses and riders. There is no artificality about it. No bleachers, no microphones and loudspeakers, no sponsor banners, no glitzy outfits or special tack needed. It’s just you, your horse, and a bunch of like minded people camping out and having fun. Everybody does the same thing-we have the same goal-having fun, but with the safety of everyone in mind. If something does happen, I know for a fact that the competition will go to hell as everyone available will pitch in to help the person and/or horse in need. We’re one big family-even if we’ve never seen each other before.

You don’t find that at show rings. They get cutthroat-and they’ll actually hurt or sabotage another person’s horse or their tack. Doesn’t happen at NATRC. Or if it has, I’ve never heard of it.

Okay, so we’re a lot crazy about trail riding-both kinds of distance riding. But it’s a  good kind of crazy.


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The reasons why I am not wearing a helmet…

I can’t think of any good reasons not to wear one quite honestly.

A Piece of Each

It had been two years since my last rodeo run. Something was different this time.

Photo by Cary Frye. First rodeo as a helmet wearer.        Photo by Cary Frye.

It wasn’t my young horse, the different saddle or a new pen that seemed different to me. It was the fact I traded in my cowboy hat for a helmet. When you think of cowboys and cowgirls you think of starched jeans, boots and cowboy hats. Helmets are not on that list. Over the last couple years, helmets have become more and more popular, but there are some reasons why I’m not wearing a helmet.

I’m not wearing one because they come in cool colors and trendy patterns not. I’m not wearing one because I’m scared of my horse. I’m not wearing a helmet because a famous barrel racer made it cool (Although thanks to her, I look less like an alien and…

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You Aren’t Paranoid If They Really Are Out To Get You


Sorry, I couldn’t help it. It reminds me of a cat we used to have.

It will probably give some people will screaming heebee jeebees. Those  people might be paranoid-just a little bit. After all, the disorder is defined as believing that somebody is always watching or observing you with ulterior motives or evil intent.

Now-that said, it is the anniversary of an infamous event here in the USA-September 11 2001. Like December 7, 1941 when Japanese war planes flew into Pearl Harbor, HI, and bombed our Navy fleet to hell and gone, we don’t forget those that died or those that fought back in so many ways. But we learn from those mistakes, too, thank God.

In the case of Pearl Harbor, our fleet does not allow but a certain number of ships to be docked at any one time in the harbor. The rest must remain at sea. Photography of the yard is forbidden now. Schofield Barracks is never totally ‘at ease’-there is always some level of alert. There are other measures of course-none of which are discussed with civilians. I was privileged to visit the U S S Arizona’s resting site-which I’ll never forget. The National Cemetery there is also quietly inspiring-it gets to you in ways that you do not expect.

The attack on the World Trade Center towers was then, and still is, one of the most audacious and vicious of terrorist strikes ever conceived. The use of commerical jetliners as, essentially, flying bombs defies both morals and ethics in every human convention known. You just do not use innocent people’s lives as a weapon-that was what was so completely stunning about it. It was also what elicited the visceral rage that was the response to it. Unfortunately, that was exactly was the planners wanted from us. I don’t think to this day that our leaders could have put a lid on the reaction. It was much too powerful.

However, because of that reaction and the ongoing  hostilities since, we have created more and more people who really are out to get us. So now we are justified in feeling paranoid-they really ARE out to get us. I’d like to think that use of some ‘horse herd’ psychology might change that. Why?  Well, someday, the oil is going to run out. Then all they’ll have is sand-again.

Horses fight, yes-but they rarely turn vicious on their own. They’ll kick, bite, squeal-and the loser will trot off to stand at a distance.  Now the loser might stay at a distance and just hang around hoping for another chance or might wander off to join a band of other losers. Point being-nobody has a reason for paranoia.

So why can’t humans use a method similar to this? Answer: Probably because herds are run by mares and humans are led by the males. Hmmmm.


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NR 005311 Missing Equines Bayleigh, Cloud, Rose


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BLM’s Sally Spencer, who authorized sale of about 1,000 wild horses to kill buyer Tom Davis, gets “promoted” to Acting District Manager — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Source: BLM’s Sally J. Spencer by Debbie Coffey, V.P. & Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation Sally Spencer, as the Supervisory Marketing Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Program, personally authorized the sale of almost 1,000 of the wild horses (that ended up going to slaughter) to […]

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