I would rather have a horse freeze branded then chipped...especially around where I am. It would be a waste of my money to have them chipped if I wanted to because I doubt any of the vets around here would have any of the devices for it.
And a brand will keep a honest thief honest because the horse can clearly be identified by a brand......you can't see a chip. Same goes if a horse was lost....you can see the brand.
This is so interesting to read from a UK point of view. Here it's a legal requirement to get your horse microchipped when you register him for his first passport, and it's used for life for ensuring the identity of the horse. The microchip number is on the passport (which all foals born after 1997 must have by the time they are 6 months old), and not only makes sure that stolen horses aren't being resold but registers all their flu vaccines and any medications that remove them from the food chain. So because all horses are microchipped, scanning chips is a routine thing for vets etc to do. If a horse went missing, either trough theft or straying, the microchip is one of the key methods of identification.
I think we will follow those "over the pond". We are just a bit slow.
A thought on freeze branding. It will certainly identify animals as far as honest people go. But what is to keep a crook from putting dye on the freeze brand just to get him transported away? The brand could later be altered, added to, kept colored, etc.
^^^And why can't the U.S. Follow those examples????----------------
I'm not expecting an answer, just thinking out loud
For all our stringent ways in some things, "we" are pretty stupid in others or, maybe it's just that those in power "Frankly Don't Give A D**n" <---think Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara
Thank you folks, across the Big Pond, for posting; I for one appreciate the information
It will probably happen eventually. Our FDA approval process takes longer and I would assume microchips had to go through some type of OK to use system and then you have to remember, the UK is slightly smaller than the state of Oregon so establishing a system like that is a tad bit easier there...
Yep - as it stands now, a microchip is useless if your horse is stolen and shipped off to auction or slaughter. But for identification purposes when you critter gets loose (trees fall on fences ALL of the time) and someone else tries to claim him?
Let me tell you this - happened once in my area - a guy up the road lost a sorrel mare. Found the fence down (car ran into it during the night) and reported his horse missing with every authority that could do something about it - law, animal shelter, auction barns, etc. Three months later, he sees his horse across the street in a pasture behind his neighbor's house - purely by accident, since the paddock was hidden behind the house - couldn't see it from the road.
He asked the guy why he had his horse when he was one of the first people he checked with when his horse turned up missing? He said prove it is your horse! So the 'good' guy calls the local authorities - they show up together at the house with the horse and the sheriff asks the 'bad guy' to prove that this horse is his? So the bad guy pulls out a coggins - of course it is only 3 months old, and the sheriff stated that current coggins paperwork is as good as gold for proof of ownership here - the 'good guy' was going to have to do better - so the 'good guy' found some pictures of his neice riding the mare earlier that year and matched with the fact that the mare's new coggins fit the timeline that the fence was broken down, the sheriff let the 'good guy' get his horse back.
Long story - sorry - but point is, for most authorities who don't know zip about horses - especially here in TX, whoever has the most current coggins wins.
I say a microchip trumps a coggins for ID any time, even registration papers - doesn't hurt to be safe.
I decided to get my light grey mare microchipped today. In Southern California we can have fires and you just never know what will happen. I've had her get loose in the dark before and have seen other people's loose horses running down the street. There are a good amount of horses that are dumped too and picked up by the shelter.
Maybe some of those dumped horses were stolen, who knows. It can't hurt, though. They inserted it into her neck muscle left side.