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 implanted with a needle. It would require deep, invasive surgery and general anesthesia to remove the chip. It also would be extremely difficult to locate and remove a microchip.
  • 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

This Holiday Season, give your horse the gift of a safety net –

enter the United Horse Coalitions Microchip Giveaway!

How the giveaway works (and rules!)

How to win a chance at a free Microchip and registration form:

  1.  Go to our Facebook Page here:  UHC Facebook
  2.  Like our post about the Importance of Microchipping, AND comment about why microchipping your horse is important to you.
  3.  Though not required, we’d love to see you share this important information with other horse lovers like you!

Giveaway rules:

  • UHC Microchip giveaway will run from December 18th – January 1st at 5pm EST.
  • All persons eligible for a microchip must be 18 years of age or older to win.
  • All persons eligible for a microchip must be a US Resident.
  • The microchip must be administered by a licensed Veterinarian.
  • Only one entry per person and per household.
  • Permission is granted to use any image or comments in future promotional UHC materials.
  • Potential winners will be selected from a random drawing among all eligible entries received.
  • If the potential winner(s) cannot be contacted within (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact him/her, UHC reserves the right to select an alternate potential winner in his/her place at random from the remaining non-winning, eligible entries.
  • Giveaway contest entrants agree to release and hold harmless the “sponsor” from and against any claims of the cause of action arising out of participation in the giveaway contest or receipt of use of the prize.
  • A total of 10 winners will be chosen.

Need to look up a Microchip number?

Check out the American Horse Councils