Option 1Branding or tattoing is a highly visible (somewhat debated) way of saying this livestock is mine. But don't forget to register and periodically update your brand or no one will know who to return the horse to.
Option 2 Micro-chipping is a newer method for identifying your horse's ownership but like Brands if you do not keep up on keeping your contact info current with the chip database no one will know who to contact if your horse does turn up. Microchipping is also highly debated because of the rumors that it can cause cancer, and the chip can sometimes migrate to a part of the body that causes health problems for the horse. Another downfall seen with microchips in the higher dollar race horses has been theives cutting the chip back out.
Option 3 Putting locks, video cameras, and/or guard animals on your stables can deter some would be horse thief's but not all.
Option 4 Register your horse with a reputable organization willing to assist in the case your horse is stolen.
N.Q.H.R. registration certificates not only show your horse's ownership information and pedigree, but they also have a complete description and pictures of your horse right on the certificate. We believe that the best way to find a missing or stolen horse is to spread the vital basics out to as many people and horse related facilities as fast as possible.
With this in mind N.Q.H.R has teamed up with several online missing horse notification boards and will immediately notify any livestock auction houses that have internet connections in the case you're horse is missing. Most missing horses are probably found just down the road grazing but It is shocking just how many are on the boards. See for yourself just how possible it is from show ring to your own back yard horses are being stolen every day.
N.Q.H.R.'s suggested course of action would be to use multiple of the above listed options to help keep your horse safe as well as make its return quicker should the situation arise. The old saying goes don't put all your eggs in one basket. Take precautions, use some type of identification, and be prepared to quickly get the word out with a certificate stating all the vital information, and a registry with the right tools.