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    GAG I also discreating place my surname and contact number on the rug, that way if stolen I can tell the cops where the names and numbers were on the rug/s

    Having said that my mare does not like strangers... Even I have trouble catching her at the best of times.....
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    Ooh another good tip! Sam would let anyone come up to him, he's a gentle soul. Biggles on the other hand was a cantakerous old man who would have reared up (even at his old age) if a stranger tried to touch him.

    I'll find something to make them uniquely mine lol.

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    It can become quite a racket. I remember a whole lot being siezed by the local police once in a search warrant. They had to pull horse hairs out of the linings, and get samples from horse owners to do DNA matches in order to prove whose rugs they were originally!

    Painstaking process but it worked - all rugs and horses reunited and crooks in court.

    You can get little luggage padlocks and actually lock the rugs onto the horses at the chest and back legs. With the expensive winter combos coming out soon it could be easier and cheaper than replacing them!

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    This really suprises me..
    Spray your rugs with stock marker.. Dont come off clothes so it wont come off your rugs.

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    Sometimes it doesn't matter - it can be marked over.

    Unfortunately some people don't ask where their bargain new rugs come from.

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    Rugs and horse gear would get stolen in and around Canberra. We used to write stuff on the rugs in letters as big as the rugs would allow, and put names and phone numbers in obvious places and less obvious places. I contemplated putting padlocks using dog slip collar chains to secure various bits but in the end decided not to. Apparently the bastards just cut the buckle straps then. All the padlocks do is make it hard for your friends to take your horse rug off if your horse rips it.

    I did have the advantage of a horse who didn't like being caught much. If you didn't have a large bucket of food and time to wait while he did three laps of the paddock at high speed, you weren't going to get near him or his rug. He did mellow in his old age but lived close to the house paddock with a lot of dogs that barked a lot, and farmers who were there all day.

    And one of the horses was a killer attack horse. If she didn't know you, she'd come after you with her teeth barred and with hooves in strike mode. Eventuallly she had to be put down for being crazy. Nothing got nicked while she was in the paddock.

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    Thought I'd better update - I found the damned rug! It was in a bit of paddock that Sam never visits, or so I thought! How he got out of it I'll never know, it was still all done up, no rips, hadn't got snagged on anything.

    I only found it when I went to the gate that separates my place from the neighbours to open it so Sam could hang out with neighbour's horse Doc that I discovered it. Phew, I was going to buy a new one the next day so it's saved me the expense.

    I'm still going to mark the winter rugs as my farrier said a few rugs have been nicked from properties down near the river. There's a lot of agistment there so lots of horses, but I'm not going to take any chances.

    A happy moment in a stressful week!

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    Lucky!
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    How lucky you found it!!

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    Glad you found it, might have to have a name change to Houdini.

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