Many pet owners understand the importance of microchipping a cat or dog, but did you know that you can microchip your horse?

Take a look at some of these incredible benefits!

  • It’s permanent – Microchips don’t fade or distort like tattoos and brands.
  • Microchips help positively ID your horse during natural disasters, disease outbreaks, theft,  Houdini paddock escapades, and more!
  • Some brands link directly to your horse’s medical history, allowing veterinarians to provide critical care when you’re unable to be contacted.
  • Accurately ID your horse at competitions, ensure your competition record is linked to your horse!
  • Microchips count as equine legal identification for sales documentation and transfers.
  • Enroll your horse in Full Circle programs that list previous owners, rescues, or individuals interested in providing a home or safe landing should the horse become at-risk.
  • Low cost, low pain, low maintenance: chips are implanted by a veterinarian via syringe during routine visits for $35-$60 and require no upkeep.  Since microchips last at least 25 years, this one-time fee should be valid for the life of the horse.

Additional facts:

  • Microchips are difficult to remove.  This makes it difficult for criminals to remove a microchip and provides for simpler identification of a missing or stolen horse.
  • Magnets will not deactivate the chip. Microchips are read-only and provide only the animal’s identification number. No additional information about the horse is stored on the microchip, and they do not have a power supply.
  • According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchips implanted in the nuchal ligament do not migrate.
  • Extensive studies both here and in England over the last 20 years have demonstrated that microchips do not cause cancer.
  • Microchips are read-only and do not contain a GPS.
  • Starting in January 2017, the Jockey Club requires all Thoroughbred foals be microchipped. Beginning December 1, 2017, all horses competing in U.S. Equestrian Federation-licensed and/or U.S. Hunter Jumper Association-sanctioned competitions with hunter-jumper seat equitation classes must be microchipped.

For more information please visit the American Association of Equine PractitionersChip Your Horse

Need to look up a Microchip number?

Check out the American Horse Councils


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