THE theft of horse equipment has dropped for the second year in a row.

West Yorkshire Police revealed that there were 28 items of tack stolen in 2021.

This is a decrease of almost 25 per cent (24.32) since 2020, when 37 items were stolen.

Tack refers to equipment and accessories used on horses and other equines.

This includes saddles, stirrups, bridles, halters, reins, bits, harnesses, martingales, and breastplates.

Thefts were also down between 2019 and 2020, dropping from 68 items to 37. 

Overall, the theft of tack items has decreased by 59 per cent in the last two years.

The figures were revealed by Facebook page, Horse Watch, on Thursday.

Horse Watch was set-up by West Yorkshire Police to support horse owners across the county, with the aim of providing advice and information to assist in the prevention of equine crime.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "Some good new for Christmas.

"Tack theft is down again over the year in West Yorkshire.

"2019, 68 items of tack stolen. 2020, 37 items of tack stolen. 2021, 28 items of tack stolen."