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post #1 of 6 Old 08-14-2010, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Would you GPS or RFID your horse?

I've been looking into microchips, more specifically, internal microchips.

Sure, they have identification chips. But who has a reader wand laying around? If your horse is stolen or gets lost, people may not have the means of transport to take it to someone who can check for a chip. Or there may not be a vet in town who can. Or, they might think 'finders keepers' and not bother to check at all!

Which is how I got to thinking...why not have a GPS or RFID chip implanted? In other words, a device that gives you the location and position of your horse?

If the animal, say, becomes lost or stolen, you could go online (some programs work with a cell phone). Put in your information, and locate the critter. I imagine this would be especially useful when high-priced horses are thieved from their stalls in the night. I believe it was a show jumper than vanished a few months ago (was later found).

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-14-2010, 06:39 PM
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Heck. Yes. If I had a horse that was worth a few hundred thousand dollars, I would do it. Assuming, of course, that it was safe. I would do it for my girls now if I had the money for it.

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Current implanted ID chips actually use passive (no battery) RFID technology. Both active RFID chips and GPS require a power source and are (at least currently) too large to be implanted, but they do currently sell GPS locaters that you can attach to a halter, though that obviously doesn't help prevent theft.

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-15-2010, 01:41 AM
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Totally agree with ricci, if I had a horse worth that much or if I had the extra money lying around I'd do it in a heartbeat.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-15-2010, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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I've been keeping an eye out for possible tech that either sends out a signal all the time, or just when searched for.

Red, Loki, and Baby ALL got out today (some a$$ opened the gate to the pasture with the downed fence!) onto a not-so-busy but FAST road. Thankfully Red's a cookie fiend, so when he followed the property owner back to the pasture, the others followed.

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post #6 of 6 Old 08-16-2010, 10:48 AM
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Wow, funny in an ironic sort of way that they got out so close to you starting this thread. I'm glad everyone got home safe and sound. =]

You reminded me of a rather cute little story there, I hope you don't mind if I share it. =]

When my little one was still with her family [breeders, dad, mom, full sister] they had a fencing issue and the electricity to the fences had to be shut off. Mom found out, and mom broke down the fence daily. The two girls followed, but not dad [who was now gelded]. Dad would sit there in the pasture and wait for Stacy [the owner] to come find the horses got out, and then he'd puff himself up and look all adoringly at her like, "Look mom! I's a good boy! See?! ...Carrot?" It. Was. Adorable! =P

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