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    01-08-2011, 11:40 AM
Microchipping your horse

I was wondering if anyone has had it done or what general thoughts are. I'm semi paranoid and have always wondered if you could have horses microchipped, you can. Either by vet or you can buy the kit for $36 online and do it yourself.
My gelding doesn,t have papers(still tracking back previous owners through his old coggins to try and reach his breeders..I'm close but something tells me he would already have them if he could)
So all I have to say he's mine is his coggins and bill of sale.
I've been toying with the idea of having him microchipped. I figure for 36 why not. We are going to start showing this year and you never know what could happen at the equestrian center or some freak tornado I feel like even though it's highly unlikely...something COULD happen. Something else that sketches me out is a lady not far from where he's boarded had her horse stolen..
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    01-08-2011, 12:01 PM
Green Broke
You could always have him branded if you're worried as it's more affective in the case of stealing. The only way to determine if a horse is chipped is to have it scanned, whereas a brand is visible to everyone.
Some breeds (like the Fjord) have to be chipped to be registered. If a parent is not chipped, then their resulting offspring can't be registered.
This is practical, however in a breed where they nearly all look alike lol.
I personally have no problems with it.
    01-08-2011, 12:08 PM
IT doesn't sound like a bad Idea, I mean it couldnt hurt. Above me mentioned about branding which is a good idea too, but a brand doesn't tell you where your horse is located in the result of stealing or running away.
    01-08-2011, 12:29 PM
Green Broke
Along the lines of branding, horses can get a tattoo. One of ours had it done by the previous owners. I'm not sure how they do it, but I believe they do it on the inside of the upper lip. I think race horses have it done to them. Micro-chipping isn't a bad idea, but like said before, a vet would have to scan for it and I've never seen one do it yet. Only if your horse was to run off, they might do it to try and find the owner. I don't think they would if someone stole it.
    01-08-2011, 12:32 PM
Well he's the only paint at the stables lol but I'm not sure how much a branding costs but I know it's painful right? And I'd rather not have a brand on him..he's a pinto not like a breed who has their own brand. And your right, I like the idea of having him on file as to where he lives and who ownes him.
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    01-08-2011, 04:36 PM
What if micro chipping held information that allowed an owner or previous owner to have first rights at buying a horse back, that was destined for slaughter? Would that encourage owners to micro chip their horses?
    01-08-2011, 04:41 PM
Green Broke
In the UK It is required that any horse applying for a passport has to be microchipped and as all horses must have a passport, it is illegal to sell or transport a horse anywhere without one then that means eventually all horses will have a microchip.
    01-08-2011, 04:52 PM
My horse is microchipped :) I wouldn't do it myself but it was about the same ($40 or so?) to have the vet do it when they were out for vaccines.

I've always gotten my small animals (dogs and cats) microchipped. Really, the more people who chip their horses the more effective it will be. If it becomes more common, more places will have scanners and that will start becoming one of the first ways to identify a found horse.

You can use it to prove ownership but I think the better peace of mind is that if you become separated from your horse on the trail or they get away from you it allows your horse to tell people who they belong to with a name and a phone number.

Having an external "dog tag" on your horse's saddle or bridle can be a good idea too but it's so easy for them to lose that and there is no telling what they will or will not be wearing if they ever become lost.

There was a horse last summer in my area who got separated from their owner out on the trail. There was a hunt for days looking for this horse and it inspired most of the bigger barns to have "microchipping days" where a vet would come out and be ready to do microchips on any horse who had $30.

It can't hurt and it's not too expensive. Hopefully I'll never have to use it but it could make all the difference just in case

Edit: Branding/tattooing can work too I guess but it seems so much more painful and invasive than a tiny little microchip. My horse didn't feel his or flinch. Also, I think visible brands are pretty ugly and you can't easily brand your phone number into them!
    01-08-2011, 04:56 PM
We don't like the health affects of microchips so none of our animals have them, unless they were given them by previous owner.
Personally I would prefer branding for identification.
    01-08-2011, 04:58 PM
I think I'll do it....I'll be teased by other boarders but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'll have him chipped in april when the vet comes for shots :) thanks everyone!
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