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  • Can you slaughter a horse who is microchipped?

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    01-04-2013, 07:59 PM
  #21
Yearling
I know this is kinda off topic...

But how much does it cost to freeze brand your horse? Also is it true that it doesn't hurt the horse? Not sure if that was true or not.
     
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    01-04-2013, 08:02 PM
  #22
Green Broke
Pipe dream, horses arnt wondering around lost. How is a chip going to prevent a horse being stolen headed to slaughter? You think thieves are going to scan em ?
     
    01-04-2013, 08:06 PM
  #23
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
pipe dream, horses arnt wondering around lost. How is a chip going to prevent a horse being stolen headed to slaughter? You think thieves are going to scan em ?
It will help identify them. Verify it is the horse.
     
    01-04-2013, 08:19 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
pipe dream, horses arnt wondering around lost. How is a chip going to prevent a horse being stolen headed to slaughter? You think thieves are going to scan em ?
Thieves won't, but slaughterhouses/auction barns could. It's just another proof of ownership that can't be scarred/burned/worn out like tattoos and brands can.
     
    01-04-2013, 08:23 PM
  #25
Trained
My sister bought a chip to put in her donkey, but she hasn't done it yet. Here is what she bought.

HomeAgain Pet Recovery System

It is probably a good idea because it could prove ownership; however, like Joe said, it most likely won't help you get a stolen horse back.
     
    01-04-2013, 09:01 PM
  #26
Weanling
Some of the chips have a service that can actually locate your animal if they are lost or stolen.
     
    01-04-2013, 09:07 PM
  #27
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
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.
There is no argument to any of that. Howeverrrrr, after praying really hard the horse didn't go missing just to end up on a truck headed for slaughter, if the owner does think they have found their missing horse and the "new owner" refuses to listen to reason/argument, the microchip can be the final argument of ownership where law enforcement is concerned.

Granted, if a horse gets loose most of the neighbors should know who they belong to but, sometimes horses get loose and travel miles before coming to rest in somebody's yard. That's when a microchip would come in really handy to trace the owners.

To reiterate, microchips certainly aren't the be-all-end-all safety feature to get a horse back but they are better than nothing, just in case against-all-odds the horse is found
     
    01-04-2013, 09:09 PM
  #28
Weanling
In the state of Louisiana, any horse that has a Coggins pulled must have a microchip, tattoo, freeze brand, etc as a form of permanent identification and of course your Coggins must be pulled once a year. This helped a LOT of horses reunite with their owners during Hurricane Katrina.

My horse was adopted from the local animal shelter, and he came to me with a microchip already inserted.
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    01-04-2013, 09:11 PM
  #29
Green Broke
My horse is microchipped with AVID.
My BO buys them in bulk, so I payed $10 for the chip and then the barn call fee.

My girl had to be twitched ( shame ), but she is needle-shy in general so it didn't surprise me that she would throw a fit with a huge gauged needle.

I don't expect a microchip to save my horse from slaughter, but if she was ever lost and found or there were ownership issues, I would rather have it than not.
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    01-04-2013, 10:15 PM
  #30
Trained
I once had someone try to claim that one of my horses was their horse. If my horse had been microchipped and signed up with a registry, it would have solved the problem. As it turned out, the guy found his horse. When the whole story came out, he was trying to claim that my horse, a 14.3 Arab cross mare, was his 15.2 saddlebred gelding. The only thing that they had in common was that they were both dark brown with stars.
If I had just known that he was looking for a gelding, I think it might have been easier to point out the obviously missing parts.

He was no doubt a nut case.
     

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