One of the consequences of the tight economy has been an increased number of stolen saddles. Keeping track of the serial numbers on your saddle can help, but there’s another inexpensive way you can “brand” your saddle as your own: insert a microchip into the flocking. That way you can definitively confirm that the saddle belongs to you.
Microchips are about the size of a grain of rice. You can buy them for $15 from NetPosse, the organization that helps find stolen horses. They also sell syringes preloaded with microchips in case you’d like to chip your horse.