Paint_mom and Zora I am not trying to start an argument but I am curious why you are so against micro chipping?
Personally I dislike hot iron branding but know it has it's place. I have never seen a freeze brand done, but know it is supposed to be less painful and less traumatizing to the horse and I saw a really cool one once of a sun over mtns. I have also seen a very nice heart done with freeze branding.
As far as chips go, My dog has one because it is required by law. My horse is not, but to me chipping would be the easiest thing for both me and the horse because it is no more painful than giving your horse a shot, which already happens 4+ times a year. It may not be common practice yet but if my horse has no special markings and I don't know how to freeze brand a chip just makes sense. We had a huge fire in AZ a few years back and a lot of people weren't prepared. They didn't have any where safe they could take their horses or not enough trailor space for all their horses so they spry painted their phone numbers on their side and set them loose to give the horse a better chance to survive. And some didn't even put a number on them, just set them loose. Most people got their horses back I think but I know there where a lot who didn't because there where no identifying marks. Having chips would have made sure all those horses would have made it back to the correct home.
Chips would help and hinder me. I got my horse from a dishonest person. She had me work for her all summer to pay off the horse and said that if I paid for all the horses up keep at another facility, shoes and worming she would take it off the horses price. At the end of the summer she went back on her word and said paying for the horse's up keep was something that came with the territory and she would not take it off the price. The day after I took the horse back to her property I went to work devastated at having to give up my baby. (I had been working 2 part time jobs to save for college in the fall and the part time job to earn the horse.) My boss pulled me aside and asked me what was wrong. I reluctantly told her, she asked for the owner's phone number and against my better judgment gave it to her. By the end of my shift the horse was declared mine. My boss had paid the remaining balance on the horse and told me that to pay her back I was to attend college and be happy. (I was going to college majoring in Equine management) After that summer I never saw that boss again, but thank her everyday. The owner never gave me a bill of sale though so technically I have no papers on him and the only thing that makes him really mine is that he has been in my possession for 7 years. If he had had a chip put in before I got him I could see the vet contacting his old owner and her saying he was stolen. In that situation paper work would mean everything.
"It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!" ~Nicholas Evans