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post #1 of 10 Old 07-06-2020, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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GPS tracker to tie into tail?

So with Katie soon moving down the road extra paranoid me is planning on buying a tracker to fit her with and for myself during my solo adventures! Mostly I want to be able to check it at 3am because I know for sure I will be trekking it often at night to make sure she's alive and well. I might end up doing it anyway. I don't think I mentioned but I get really anxious about her being whisked away in the night...

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- collar tracker that notifies when unclipped/torn off (obviously will make it breakaway in case she's caught up. she's strong so don't doubt she'll be able to get it off if caught).

- mini tracker that I weave into her tail no one should ever suspect!!

- one expensive tracker or two slightly cheaper ones to charge/rotate?


I'm being a princess and part of me is giggling madly right now. If I cycle like am being chased by a zombie I could get to the field in less than 2 mins but here I am... She is priceless to me. Part of me wants her to be wary about being caught by strangers. With routine I hope she'll learn not to go anywhere without me!
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-06-2020, 03:49 PM
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I don't have any advice about that, but have you gotten her microchipped? It won't let you track her, but it would help with identification should it become necessary.

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Yes she's absolutely micro-chipped and they check every time we get her vaccinations done so that is one thing off my mind at least!
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-06-2020, 05:07 PM
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can't you get her gps chipped??
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I have a feeling that after awhile of nothing bad happening. You’ll relax. In the meantime a microchip is not a bad idea. Perhaps security cameras around the perimeter if that’s an option.
I do like the idea of a gps tracker but not sure how much that would cost. And they can easily be lost or damaged. You can look into PI (private investigator) equipment.
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Jolien, you can get GPS chips?? That would be great, if they didn't need to be recharged, couldn't get lost or damaged...

I've looked into GPS trackers for my dogs but they're prohibitively expensive, esp as one dog especially has a habit of losing collars - & with how often he loses them, so obviously gets them caught on stuff, I don't want to do collars up tighter than I do now, for fear he will throttle himself.
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Jolien, you can get GPS chips?? That would be great, if they didn't need to be recharged, couldn't get lost or damaged...

I've looked into GPS trackers for my dogs but they're prohibitively expensive, esp as one dog especially has a habit of losing collars - & with how often he loses them, so obviously gets them caught on stuff, I don't want to do collars up tighter than I do now, for fear he will throttle himself.
I have looked into it (for my dogs, not my husband) and I don't think those are available. I don't think they will be available any time soon due to recharging issues, broadcasting through living tissue issues...
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-07-2020, 07:47 AM
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I think you are panicking for very little reason.

By law all horses and ponies have to be microchipped. This means that any equine has to have a passport. On selling that passport has to be exchanged. Passport lost would be a great excuse but the microchip still remains, if a horse was stolen then notification to the registration group would be an alert and anyone trying to register that horse for a new passport would be caught out.

Horses taken to slaughter have to, by law, be scanned and registration papers submitted - ditto if they were to be exported.
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I think you are panicking for very little reason.

By law all horses and ponies have to be microchipped. This means that any equine has to have a passport. On selling that passport has to be exchanged. Passport lost would be a great excuse but the microchip still remains, if a horse was stolen then notification to the registration group would be an alert and anyone trying to register that horse for a new passport would be caught out.

Horses taken to slaughter have to, by law, be scanned and registration papers submitted - ditto if they were to be exported.
I had no idea! Actually, I like this, but I can't imagine the screaming that would take place here if this became law. At least now dogs and cats are scanned if found, and hopefully owners would carry through the registration process otherwise the chip is useless but that does happen.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-08-2020, 10:59 AM
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I had no idea! Actually, I like this, but I can't imagine the screaming that would take place here if this became law. At least now dogs and cats are scanned if found, and hopefully owners would carry through the registration process otherwise the chip is useless but that does happen.
I've heard that in the US (or parts of the US?) it IS the law that they have to scan horses at auction, but that especially at low-end auctions, people tend to "forget", or their equipment is "broken" or whatever.

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