Horse blanket thieves at it again

2010-06-08 00:00

WINTER has set in and with it the yearly criminal trend of stealing horse blankets has begun.

Belinda Buys, who owns Greenhills Equestrian Centre in Hilton, said that last Thursday night five horse blankets were stolen from her stables.

“All the good ones were stolen — the duvet types that cost between R800 and R1 200. They left behind all the old horrible ones,” said Buys.

The blankets were stolen off the horses’ backs while they were in the stables.

Buys said the people who stole the blankets “definitely know about horses”.

“They know how to open the stables and how to handle the horses and take off the blankets. This happens every year. Last year they stole blankets and tack from us,” said Buys.

“Last year when the blankets were stolen my insurance said they would not cover it because they were not locked up and secure, but what is the point of having a blanket and locking it up?”

Buys’s neighbour, Jake Oosthuizen, also had a blanket and some tack stolen on the same evening.

“They stole a blanket right off the one horse, but they couldn’t get to the other horse because it is a bit wild,” said Oosthuizen.

The thieves managed to get through Oosthuizen’s electric fence and stole the blanket off the horse who was in a paddock.

Everglades Stud owner Sandy Cutter, who lives next door, also lost two blankets on the same evening, stolen off stabled horses. “I reported it to the police,” he said.

Cutter said that in the 30 years he has lived there he has never experienced theft like this.

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