Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
I don't see the big deal - I' ve personally branded horses and if done properly it is a quick procedure that causes little trauma. I've never seen microchipping done, but isn't the horse exposed to TQ to have it done? Remember that TQ is not withour risk and can cause the horse stress in and of itself. Is there care required at the sight afterwards? I've cared for a horse where an abscess formed around the chip - now that was a mess. Freeze branding is not all it's cracked up to be either. I work with Standardbreds now so I've seen some CRAZY messed up tattoos.
I say while you are well intentioned, your efforts may be more beneficial to the animal in the long run if focused on another aspect of their wellfare. Just my humble opinion.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork