Protecting your horse--Brands and Microchips?

       The Horse Forum > Horse Resources > Horse Protection

Protecting your horse--Brands and Microchips?

This is a discussion on Protecting your horse--Brands and Microchips? within the Horse Protection forums, part of the Horse Resources category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-13-2012, 07:54 PM
Protecting your horse--Brands and Microchips?

I actually tried to post this yesterday but my browser crashed and I lost it forgive me if I'm a little less eloquent than I try to be normally.

Ok, so with the advent of horse slaughterhouses reappearing in the United States comes the worry of horse theft, and your horse being sold for meat. I have had this discussion with my barn owner...before this came up, and was of the opinion that since my girl is grade and not exactly the equine Helen of Troy, that I wouldn't have a problem with someone getting sticky fingers with her. She argued that if an animal is well trained and good tempered it might get stolen anyway. Now that the meat industry may be back in business....there is a new fear.

So I considered microchips. Having read this forum though, they seem to have their flaws. I believe that not all of them work with the same scanners/registries, and that they can migrate.

So the second option is branding. I personally do not like the way it looks, and the idea of marring my horse makes me very unhappy...but so does the potential alternative of losing her. She is a plain sorrel draft unique markings, nothing that would scream out to anyone if I had to post milk carton ads.


1) Is branding the best thing to do to avoid your horse being permanently lost to you?

2) Can anyone get a brand? If so, how do you get a brand?
I see that there appears to be some sort of registry that you pay yearly for within PA, would you just re-register in another state if you moved?

3) Assuming 1 and 2, how do you design a brand and make it yours? *scratches head*

All of this seems like a horrible pain, but once it's over, I imagine it would make it harder to lose your horse. I prefer the microchip, but if it would be ineffective due to migration or scanner issues...I'd rather not lose my girl.

Any thoughts?
Sponsored Links
    01-13-2012, 08:25 PM
Posted via Mobile Device
    01-13-2012, 08:38 PM
Bump...I'd love someone with knowledge to provide some insight.
    01-13-2012, 10:10 PM
Green Broke
In virginia you design a brand then send in a pic with a form you can download from he state dept of Ag with a $15 dollar fee. If the brand isnt being used it is yours for a certain number of years. You can then renew. The cost is pretty low. I would assume other states are low.
Microchips can prove a horse is yours if you find it, but so can a registered brand. A brand can be seen from a road.
The slaughter industry isnt back, it has always been here. They just got shipped to mexico and canada. Pretty much same numbers of horses. I don't see an up swing in horse thieve coming. SOmething I have found that may be useful is a GPS tracker. I see them for dogs, look at hunting places like Cabelas. You put a small box on the halter, and then go online set a perimeter, if the animal gets outside the area you define, you get a phone call or text message alert. You can go online and get a map of where it is. Basicaly lojack for a horse.
I admit a thief that sees the box can simply take it off, but I imagine thieves are going to grab a horse by the halter, run it into a truck and drive awayh without doing much looking. The instant text as soon as the horse leaves your property may be enough to catch the perp in action.
    01-13-2012, 10:13 PM
Green Broke
Its teh same for NM myou pick 3 brands you like, fill out the form and send it in to the state something or other. Once they approve it you just make ur brand and slap it on. And update your coggins and registration of your animals of course. I personally had all my horses microchipped since I take them to competitions across state lines all the time. But branding is just as effective. The only difference is noboby can alter your chip, somebody can alter a brand.
    01-14-2012, 08:19 PM
Originally Posted by Roperchick    
but branding is just as effective. The only difference is noboby can alter your chip, somebody can alter a brand.
omg ...something else to worry about... ugh.

Guess I'll stick to microchip...and hope no one takes a fancy to my horse.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Protecting Horses from wildlife jtsutherland Horse Health 11 09-07-2011 01:08 PM
Microchips horsplay Trail Riding 18 02-25-2011 02:41 PM
Protecting vest - Airowear kitten_Val English Riding 5 12-22-2010 07:00 PM
Protecting barn with motor oil? snoggle Farm Forum 4 01-19-2010 06:27 PM
Microchips how efficient are they?? my2geldings Horse Talk 18 09-26-2008 09:23 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0