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

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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.

Atlanta Journal Constitution article

Henry County Herald

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NR 005266 Stolen Kona

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NetPosse™ STOLEN Horse Alert for Kona, NR005266, June 22, 2017 – Lexington (Cleveland County), OK –

The horse was in the pasture at the trainers  in the area of 120th and Hwy 39 in Lexington, OK. Kona Was seen at 7:30am the morning of June 22nd 2017, and noticed missing at 01:30pm that afternoon.

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Searching for Dancer

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Reason for searching for Dancer:

“I am looking to reconnect with a horse who I used to take lessons on before I went off to college. The horse in question is named Dancer. He is a little Arabian or Arab Morgan cross. Dancer is about 25 years old now. He is a mahogany bay gelding with a gray star on the forehead and a couple of coronets. Dancer is about 13 hands high and was in Plymouth, Wisconsin back when I learned to ride. He was sold several times and one of the owners eventually moved to Tennessee and Colorado, so I am not sure where he might be now.”

This horse could be anywhere by now. If you have any information, please forward to NetPosse or this person at the info on the web page. Help her dream come true.

Dancer’s web page

 

NR 005272 — Missing/Presumed Stolen — Sabe

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NetPosse™ MISSING PRESUMED STOLEN HORSE ALERT for “Sabe” aka “BS”, NR005272, July 4, 2017

Sabe was running on 110 acres with 6 other horses. She has disappeared.
Owner has searched the property thoroughly as well as neighboring ranches. No sign of Sabe anywhere. Please Help Find Sabe!

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NR 005275 Searching for Contessa

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NetPosse™ Searching For Contessa, Report #NR0052759, May 26, 2017, Millbrook (Elmore County), AL

Lisa was in the process of purchasing another horse and She was led to believe she was trading Contessa in and the cost would decrease for the new horse. Lisa feels very mislead and scammed out of her horse. She has so much guilt over this, she loves and misses Contessa. Please help Lisa find her and bring her home!

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From The News–Senate Appropriations Cmte votes to continue defunding of horse meat inspections — Tuesday’s Horse

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2017) — The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of an amendment to bar any horse slaughter plants from opening again on U.S. soil. Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., led the bipartisan effort, with fellow committee members Sens. Christopher Coons, D-Del., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., […]

via Senate Appropriations Cmte votes to continue defunding of horse meat inspections — Tuesday’s Horse

For the time being, rational, reasonable voices were heard.

However, the OTHER rational and reasonable voices continue to be drowned out by the transfer of money between breeders and owners, breeders and trainers, owners and trainers, and somewhere in the background-the kill buyers-who, believe it or not, become stinking rich off of buying up unwanted horses. How does this happen? I’ll tell you. It’s not pretty. You might want to grab a barf bucket. I’m serious.

Just for description purposes-I’ll call a breeder-Mr. Slickpants at OMG Ranch. Now this is going to be AQHA horses but it can be thoroughbreds, arabians, appaloosas, pasos, minis, donkeys, mules, or anything else. AQHA is known, however, to be THE worst at doing this so I’m not saying one word out of school.

Mr. Slickpants has 200 head of broodmares with the most popular bloodlines for cutting, reining, and western pleasure. He’s standing four stallions that he went out and bought because of their show records-and they’re also from the most popular pedigrees. He will also breed outside mares-basically anything that walks gets bred. So he’s got 4 penises for hire, 200 mares cranking out 200 foals every year that rolls around, and he’s got to move them or he’ll be feeding more horses than you can shake a stick at-and he has no intention of doing that. PLUS-he’s got yearlings and two year olds in training to be sold so he keeps making a name for his penises in the barn out back and keeps those stud fees coming in.

Told you it was ugly. It gets worse.

He’s got his pick of the foal crop to keep for his own promotional use-he’ll keep those for futurities and such to keep OMG ranch in the public eye. He might keep a filly or two for broodmare. Maybe an exceptional colt will be kept as a stallion prospect. But the rest? He’s hoping to sale them almost as soon as they’re weaned. The good ones he might put the OMG brand on, but he won’t keep them. But if they don’t sell, they’ll be loaded up and make the trip to the auction pens-and chances are very good that well-bred AQHA fillies and colts will go to slaughter. They’re just trashed by the breeders.

Of the ones that make it to being yearlings and two year olds, if they don’t make it as far as being show ring quality or ranch work, there’s a very good chance they, too, will find themselves in the auction pens-they didn’t make the standard and they are very likely to go to slaughter.

Broodmares that don’t ‘catch’ for more than two years running, stallions that have low sperm counts, any horse that has a problem in the breeding process-they can all show up in the sale pens. Not wanted-going to slaughter.

That’s just the Mr. Slickpants end of it. He’s just cutting his costs. It’s a business thing for him. He doesn’t see the horses, doesn’t work with them. All he wants is to make a profit off their bodies.

The trainer-I’ll call this person Johnny Doright. Except that Johnny will do anything to get those winning horses in his barn because that means more money in his bank account. If he has to cut corners and do things that are, well, shady to the horses-well, that’s just the business and you can always cover it up and tell owners that the horse colicked or something and died. So he does. He’s good at it, too. Got a big name for himself. Got a handful of sub-trainers working for him and grooms, so that when owners come, the barn is busy and things look good. But look close-the horses’ eyes are pinched and worried-or worse-they’re dead. When they are out of the stalls, you see the whites of their eyes. Necks are tense, heads follow the people around watching for the next assault, hooves scramble, shoulders are tense and shake with pain. These horses aren’t allowed out into pastures-“they’re show horses, you don’t pasture show horses.”

So what happens to Johnny’s horses? If they don’t make good and win those big silver trophies and plates and big rosette ribbons, what happens to them? They’re sold at the auction. Sometimes straight from the show ring, racetrack, or his barn-and it could be Johnny or the owner making that call. Rescues routinely pull these horses out of the pens to keep them from going to slaughter.

Backyard breeders are notorious for bringing a foal into the world-and then not having a clue what to do with the now 600 pound horse that is still acting like a foal-but is now dangerous and getting worse. I’ve rehabbed two of those myself. Would love to get my hands on the idiots who did that. ‘But I love my mare and I want to get a foal out of her’. Absolutely the DUMBEST  reason ever to breed a mare. If I had my way, you’d have to get a license to breed your mare and you’d have to prove your ability to keep and train a foal, plus the ability to keep the foal until it dies probably 30 years after birth. There ought to be a big fee attached, too. But what do I know?

My suggestion for stopping this overbreeding and hence the overpopulation of horses? Same thing the Europeans have done. Both stallions and mare MUST undergo breeding suitability exams which include both conformation/temperament AND performance. If the colts don’t pass, they are gelded. If the fillies don’t pass, they are spayed. Only the ones that meet criteria are allowed to breed. And they are only allowed to breed when there is already a buyer. Puts a whole different perspective on the breeding business, doesn’t it? Instead of breeding a whole lot of junk-breed only the best to the best.

And quit supplying those slaughter plants.

NR 005282 Missing Horse — Woodrow

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NetPosse™ Missing Equine, NR005282 for Woodrow, Zwingle (Jackson County), IA, DOI: July 7, 2017:

See pictures, full details, and contact info for Woodrow that we ask you to post everywhere. Please click on this link for full details: http://www.netposse.com/view_report.asp?reportid=5282

Woodrow was taken down to the pasture which is at the bottom of a dead-end level B road on the evening of July 3, 2017 and was not in the pasture on Friday 07/07/17.

Please help us find Woodrow and Bring Him Home!

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From Anna Blake’s Blog-and Boy, is she good! Part One-And Then My Horse Betrayed Me

https://annablakeblog.com/2017/07/21/part-one-my-horse-betrayed-me/

Do click the link and read what she has to say because she’s right-we do have the knee jerk reflex to ‘get that bastard for what he/she did to me’-instead of sitting down and looking for the ‘what did I miss that would cause that behavior’. I’ve come to the conclusion that (myself included here) humans are just assholes around horses most of the time. God knows, I’ve spent a great deal of time apologizing for all the things and times I’ve done exactly that in the past. So do not think that I’m excluding myself from this or holding myself up for the Pope to make me a saint. I’m anything but.

(Of course, right now, Jolene and Belle think I can do nothing wrong and want to follow me into the house and talk about interior decorating-I think-but they’re impossibly sweet girls.)

Y’all read-and let me know what you think.