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        05-08-2012, 11:32 PM
      #51
    Foal
    The biggest problem I have with micro chips is that on some horses (even small pets) they will "float" around the body and end up in a totally different spots, so even when someone does check for a chip they only check the neck area and miss it completely (I worked at a small animal clinic for many years and sometimes it was impossible to find chips in pets who were known to have a chip, as owner did themselves and just asked to check it or we would sometimes find in lower shoulder or upper leg) I am going to guess auction workers don't care enough to check the whole body, and it's not like if someone stole your horse and then resold it privately that the buyer would be able to see a chip if no vet check was done (and as some said in some areas the vet wouldn't even check for one, I have sold horses and the buyer did a vet check and DID NOT check for a chip)

    As a one- two horse owner there is no reason for me to get a brand BUT my Oldenburg was branded by her breeder and I am glad that it was done so it's a identifying mark if good forbid she went missing/stolen, as she is a solid bay with only a tiny white cornet band, not easily picked out of a crowd, my girls isn't a freeze brand so not as noticeable but still there!

    That being said just as a side note, I have both donated blood and had a tattoo and although these aren't the same I would prob prefer the tattoo just surface pain then the needle going deep.. Makes me shudder thinking about it... Haha
         
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        05-08-2012, 11:52 PM
      #52
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jumperforjoy    
    The biggest problem I have with micro chips is that on some horses (even small pets) they will "float" around the body and end up in a totally different spots, so even when someone does check for a chip they only check the neck area and miss it completely (I worked at a small animal clinic for many years and sometimes it was impossible to find chips in pets who were known to have a chip, as owner did themselves and just asked to check it or we would sometimes find in lower shoulder or upper leg) I am going to guess auction workers don't care enough to check the whole body, and it's not like if someone stole your horse and then resold it privately that the buyer would be able to see a chip if no vet check was done (and as some said in some areas the vet wouldn't even check for one, I have sold horses and the buyer did a vet check and DID NOT check for a chip)
    In small animals it might be common, but not so in horses. From microchipequine.com:

    "Can the microchip move around or 'migrate' after it is injected?

    No. Once properly installed, the chip will not migrate or move. It will be there when you need it. (A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (2003 223:1316-1319) revealed that microchips implanted in the nuchal ligament did not migrate.)"

    I can see why a brand might be nice for identification if that's your thing - just trying to clear things up. And I too both have been tattooed and regularly give blood... If I could exchange the pain of the tattoo with the pain of giving blood, I would do it in a heartbeat! :) But hey, to each their own
         
        05-09-2012, 12:27 AM
      #53
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Shoebox    
    In small animals it might be common, but not so in horses. From microchipequine.com:

    "Can the microchip move around or 'migrate' after it is injected?

    No. Once properly installed, the chip will not migrate or move. It will be there when you need it. (A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (2003 223:1316-1319) revealed that microchips implanted in the nuchal ligament did not migrate.)"

    I can see why a brand might be nice for identification if that's your thing - just trying to clear things up. And I too both have been tattooed and regularly give blood... If I could exchange the pain of the tattoo with the pain of giving blood, I would do it in a heartbeat! :) But hey, to each their own
    I think the important part to that statement is proper installment, I have heard from one person who had her horses done and then years later it was in a very different spot, that being said that was years ago so vets are maybe getting better at proper placement, which make it more reliable.

    I am not against chips it's just the fact that a member of the public can not see it nor will all vets check for it I don't see it as being as "helpful" as a brand in the case of lost/stolen.

    Sadly no matter what we do to prevent theifs no brand or chip will stop them if they want it bad enough Until we get gps on the chip... That I may go for haha

    I have read about a lot of rescues looking into freeze branding to prevent the horses they adopt out from ever ending up being slaughtered as the chip is just not reliable enough as sadly auction workers don't care enough.

    I guess I just hate the feeling of that huge needle getting gabbed into my arm *shudder* I still do it though doesn't stop me just would prefer the surface pain but like you said to each their own
         
        05-09-2012, 01:25 AM
      #54
    Trained
    It looks like the horses did not seem to mind
         

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