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        01-04-2013, 04:33 PM
    I called to have it done to my horse, for the vet to do it with the chip was $97, I think the more people do it the more common it will be for people to start checking horses for them. Im seriously considering it
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        01-04-2013, 04:46 PM
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    Originally Posted by clippityclop    

    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!
    Wow, never thought of that, Great Idea

        01-04-2013, 04:54 PM
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    Originally Posted by farmpony84    
    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...)
    If you haven't already, check his lips closely. I found unique markings on the lips, when I pulled them down, on the horse in my avatar. You cannot see them unless you pull his lower lip down.

    Whellll guess what I took pictures of?

    That's another thing. Get pictures, including any sort of scarring anywhere on the body, inside the ears, etc. Perish the thought a horse gets run thru an auction, sadly most auction barns are not so ethical as to have a scanner handy to check for microchips.

    Even though I know the chipping process is flawed in that regard, I did it anyway because something is better than nothing. But you can't mistake markings in pictures, like those I found on the upper-almost-inner part of my horse's lower lip

    You could always keep them in a Safe Deposit Box, to protect against loss from any sort of disaster.
        01-04-2013, 05:16 PM
    Iris scans are the latest "hot technology". Read about it at Vet eyeD - Equine Iris Scanning
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        01-04-2013, 05:22 PM
    You know farmpony I bet they'd do it at your house if they make house calls - the needles are so big you can see thru them. so you'd probably want to put any anxiety or nervous horses in a stock or something if you have one.

    A flighty or high-strung horse is going to jump and jump big!
        01-04-2013, 06:02 PM
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    Personally I find microchipping horses to be a waste of money. Dgos and cats are different, they get out and loose all the time, they are also small and easily missed. Nor do people react much.
    A lost horse ? Everyone reacts, they are kinda hard to miss, the owners tend to be on the phone with animal control and LEO, so pretty much when it is found anyone that happens to have a scanner will already know the owner.
    If the horse is stolen, good luck finding it, but even if you do, having a microchip isnt going to give a cop probable cause to enter someones property and check. Most likely your horse is headed to a mexican slaughter plant, or being illegally slaughtered locally. As cheap as horses are right now there really isnt much incentive to steal anything, but even so, who scans anything ? I've got three horses outside, I've never scanned them, have you ? I doubt it. A freeze brand makes much more sense, You can see it from a distance, IE from the road, point and say see that's my brand, also a layman with a Netposse poster can be on the look out for an XYZ horse with a 4D brand. As oppossed to be on the look out for a brown horse with an secret 19834568719779 microchipped code. I just don't see the point.
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        01-04-2013, 06:11 PM
    ^^^^ I agree. With a horse, the hardest part is finding it, not identifying it.
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        01-04-2013, 06:22 PM
    Subbing...I am thinking about micro chipping my horse.

    Might be a good idea.

    I wanted to for a while. When horse slaughter was illegal I was told some horses were getting stolen along the border lines, but still.
        01-04-2013, 06:38 PM
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    I've thought about micro chip but decided against it. When I get my own place going I am going to brand my horses. Easier to see from a distance and pin point in the auction ring. I figure a brand isn't any worse then a micro chip.

    I am however having a chip put in my dog.
        01-04-2013, 06:52 PM
    My appy is chipped and so will be my new guy in the spring. If more horses started getting chipped, it would start to be more like the smaller pets with more places looking out for them.

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