03 December 2015 - Information for horse owners

Sent on behalf of Police Scotland

Police Scotland occasionally receives calls from concerned horse owners to report that their horses or ponies have unexplained plaits in their manes or tails. In such occasions the horse is otherwise untouched and has come to no harm. The owners are however rightly still concerned.  

We have consulted with Horsewatch Scotland who say that they too regularly receive calls and reports of horses and ponies with such plaits and that information was circulating that suggested the horses were being “marked” in some way for theft.  

Police Scotland, supported by information from Horsewatch Scotland, has no evidence that these horses or ponies are later stolen.  Evidence would suggest that such plaits are “wind plaits” or “wind tangles” that occur naturally especially in longer manes.  

In addition, further information on “wind plaits” can be found on the Horsewatch Scotland website, by following the following linkhttp://www.horsewatchscotland.info/crime-prevention
If you are still concerned or want to report any suspicious activity please call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries or in an emergency call 999. Alternatively you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
You can get further information on how to improve your security in the “Guide to Security in the Rural Environment” which can be found on the Police Scotland website and which has valuable information for all those who live and work in our countryside. http://www.scotland.police.uk/assets/pdf/keep_safe/rural-prevention-booklet

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