HAPPY VALLEY, Calif. -

The sheer size of horses makes them hard to steal.  But a woman in Happy Valley woke up to find someone trying to steal some of her horses right out of her front yard.

Margaret Bolick woke up around 2:00 a.m. one morning to people trying to sneak her horses into a waiting truck.

The thieves had cut the fence and already had ropes around two of their heads when she caught them.

She chased after them and set her dogs on them, one of which came back with a piece of jeans in his mouth.

Experts say most stolen horses are sold at auction where they are virtually untraceable.  Many of those horses are trucked to Mexico where they are sold to slaughterhouses.

According to the ASPCA, horses are usually sold for between 60 and 90 cents per pound to slaughterhouses, which then ship the horses to Europe where horse meat sells for close to the same price as veal.

There are no horse slaughterhouses in the United States.