Brazing saddles initiative to combat horse thieves across North Lincolnshire
North Lincolnshire Council is offering free tack-marking so horse lovers across the district can protect their equipment from thieves.
This follows the successful launch of the North Lincolnshire Horse Watch scheme.
The tack-marking takes place on Sunday (October 21) from 10.30am to 2pm at Canswick House Livery Stables in Gunness (behind the wood yard).
Visitors can take advantage of free-tack marking equipment, free North Lincolnshire Horse Watch signs and find out how to obtain free Smartwater.
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Tack-marking involves stamping leather saddles on the nearside, under the flap.
On synthetic saddles, the nearside stirrup bar is engraved.
You can also mark saddles with a micro chip or code with Smartwater.
Postcodes are the most easily recognised mark to use.
Alternatively at the event, you can buy a microchip pack from Datatag (£35 each or £99 for three).
The company Farmkey is also offering a £10 discount plus £5 off is more than one horse is freezemarked – bringing the cost down to £40 per horse.
Councillor Carl Sherwood (Brigg and Wolds), Cabinet Member for Customer Services, Sport and Leisure, said: “The council is warning horse owners to visibly mark their property following a spate of thefts this year.
"This will act as a deterrent to thieves and help recover stolen items.
“By offering free tack-marking and Smartwater, we are making it easier for horse lovers to protect their equipment, which can be very expensive to replace if stolen.
“So just pop along on Sunday and take advantage of the free event.”