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post #1 of 47 Old 01-04-2013, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Micro chipping

I'm thinking about getting my horse micro chipped. I haven't talked to my vet yet and probably won't until I call next month to set up my yearly exam/shots appt. (I will ask the questions when I call) But... until then:

Does anyone have their horse micro chipped? What does it cost? Will they do it at my farm or will they want me to haul him to them?

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post #2 of 47 Old 01-04-2013, 12:34 PM
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Three of mine are micro chipped with AVID. I bought the chips thru netposse.com so they would get a kick-back.

While "they" say the more brave individuals can insert the chips themselves, I took the coward's way out and had the vet put them in the neck muscle.

I think I paid $20 per chip but that was in 2004 and I think my vet, at that time, charged me $10 per horse to insert the chips.

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I've been doing some research online on microchipping as it seems like a good idea.

From what I've found online, it looks to be a fairly simple and inexpensive procedure. Anesthesia is not required and it takes only a few seconds. Generally less than $50.
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That's what I was kind of thinking. My collie is microchipped and I think it cost me like $25 for the chip/procedure and then I paid a small fee to have it registered.

I think I'm going to do it. Just on the one horse that I show since he has no brands or markings. (Although he has scars and healed breaks that a thief would not know about...)

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I have seen the Chips online for a little as 50.00 and up to 100.00 when we were looking, but we never did.
We also looked at one for our GSD which was 25.00

The reason we elected not to do it because the ones we looked at had to be read with a device that had to be within 3 feet of the Horse and the same for our puppy.

If you have to be that close to find your animal, the only help a chip would be would be for proof in court, you still have to locate them the old fashioned way.

If they have been improved and the chip could be read from 1/2 mile away or more, that would be a game changer for us anyway.

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I have seen the Chips online for a little as 50.00 and up to 100.00 when we were looking, but we never did.
We also looked at one for our GSD which was 25.00

The reason we elected not to do it because the ones we looked at had to be read with a device that had to be within 3 feet of the Horse and the same for our puppy.

If you have to be that close to find your animal, the only help a chip would be would be for proof in court, you still have to locate them the old fashioned way.

If they have been improved and the chip could be read from 1/2 mile away or more, that would be a game changer for us anyway.

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The one my dog has is the kind that animal control would wave a wand over to read. He wears a tag that says he has the "home again" device. So an honost person would hopefully either call the number on his collar or call the pound who would check him for a device. Our animal control warden runs his wand over all the stray dogs he picks up. He picked up my hound one time and recognized him so he brought him home and dropped him off for me and then he ran the wand over Scout just to see if he could find the device, which he did....

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The one my dog has is the kind that animal control would wave a wand over to read. He wears a tag that says he has the "home again" device. So an honost person would hopefully either call the number on his collar or call the pound who would check him for a device. Our animal control warden runs his wand over all the stray dogs he picks up. He picked up my hound one time and recognized him so he brought him home and dropped him off for me and then he ran the wand over Scout just to see if he could find the device, which he did....
Good point.

My GSD is hardly ever more than 2 feet away from the ex, he would never get lost unless she did

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The microchip needles are HUGE, if needles make you queasy, I wouldn't try to do it yourself. I microchip cats and dogs at the shelter, it's a little intense.

I have thought a lot about microchipping my horses, but Ricci is an older mare and I'm likely selling Gracie so I don't know. If I knew I was planning on keeping Gracie, I'd chip her in a heartbeat.

But on another note, I don't think chipping horses is that common, so if your horse showed up somewhere, I'm not sure many vets/shelters/animal control would think to check for a chip in a horse or other livestock. Dogs and cats, always. But a horse?

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My mom microchips dogs at the shelter too. She said It's pretty simple. I don't have any of my dogs or horses done, but I'm also considering it. Especially with all the horse and dog theft in my area lately.

Micro chipping horses is becoming more and more common.

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I think it is a great idea! I actually plan to have mine done when they get their coggins done next spring. All of my dogs and my two parrots are microchipped so why not the equines?

I know someone who had to identify her horse and show proof of ownership (fire displacement) and she lost all of her coggins paperwork, pictures, everything in a fire. She got him back because she had friends who had pictures, but the vets there recommended microchipping even if it is for nothing but pure proof of ownership. If your horse gets out and someone captures him and is claiming ownership as well, think of it as his permanent ID tag!

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