Almost everything about Red is kept in this file. And its readily accesible to anyone in my family. I keep one copy in my personal records, one in the telephone box at our house and one A5 size record in the car. My auntie also has a A4 size copy and a A5 copy for her car. I update it anytime new information comes in and I print it off once a month.
I also include pictures of Red in the file. Pictures of his markings, his brandings, a side on shot and also a head shot. I also ensure someone from my family is standing in one or two of the pictures so that if he gets stolen we can prove he is ours. These photos are updated every 3 months.
I encourage everyone to create a file for their horse(s) if they haven't already done so.
Blogger doesn't support PDF files so I'm unable to post a link to my records here but if you want to see how I do it, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll email you my file and also a template of my file so you can work off that.
Here are also so good links that I found helpful when doing my file:
- For the Record: Keeping Medical Files for Your Horse This site gives you an idea of what you need in your records
- Know your horse's vital signs This site shows you how to take vital stats of your horse
- Preventing Horse Theft And this one gives you some good ideas about keeping those theifs away. Its a PDF file.
So good luck to you and your horses! It really is a good idea to keep up to date records.