Safety tips for horse riding enthusiasts ahead of riding season – according to North Yorkshire Police

With spring approaching and the evenings clearing up, we are heading into peak riding season.

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The Egton Show near Whitby. (Photo credit: Richard Ponter)

Keep all gear and equipment in a secure, locked tack room and continue to maintain them as rusted or falling hinges and rotting wood may be noticed.

Invest in good quality padlocks and chains for your gates and doors. Ideally padlocks with a heavy hasp and clasp on barn and outbuilding doors, mounted directly to the door, with two locks spaced evenly from top to bottom.

If you can, install bars on tack room windows, as these are usually a key entry point for thieves.

Have your materials and equipment marked, North Yorkshire Police regularly hold property marking events at your local retailers, so look for posters and social media posts about this.

Install CCTV. While it can be expensive, there are cheaper alternatives available in markets all the time and it can be a key source in preventing theft and catching thieves.

Make sure your yard is well lit as this is an essential deterrent to intruders.

All horses, donkeys and mules must be microchipped by law and you must update your Passport Issuing Organization (PIO) with the microchip number, this can be uploaded to the Equine Central Database. The database allows you to quickly report your missing horse and check if a horse is legally for sale.

Be vigilant for any strangers visiting your yard, and if it’s a shared locale, try to let everyone know of any known visitors.

Keep a regular check of all fences and field boundaries for weak points which horses or thieves would allow.

Put padlocks on both ends of your doors so they can’t be lifted off the hinges.

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