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Livestock and horses

Grazing animals

  • Check them regularly. If they're making more noise than usual, look to see if anyone is in the field with them or has disturbed them. 
  • Check boundary fencing/hedging and fields to make sure fences are not damaged or broken. 
  • Use ear tags, horn brands, freeze brands or tattoos to make animals more identifiable.


There are several things you can do to make your horse easily-identifiable should it be stolen or lost.
  • Take colour photographs of your animal in the winter and again in the summer, from both sides. 
  • Take close up photos of distinctive marks or scars and the 'chestnuts'. 
  • Get your horse freeze-marked or have a microchip implanted (clip the coat during winter to ensure freeze mark is still visible).
  • Use CCTV with signage to indicate it is in use.
  • Make sure you have a passport for your horse - this is a legal requirement. 
  • Check your animals several times each day - at irregular times if possible. 
  • Photograph and mark all tac to assist with identification, should it be stolen.
  • Join Kent Horse Watch. 
If you see suspicious activity, such as farm machinery being moved around at night, call us on 101, or in an emergency (if a crime is in progress or life in danger) call 999.

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