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The importance of microchipping your horse

Keeping our horses safe is important to all of us as horse owners. They trust us with their care and protection and, as well as feeding, exercising and TLC, that includes identifying them so that we can be reunited if we are parted.

A microchip literally identifies your horse as belonging to you. It contains your details as an owner, which are stored on a central database. By scanning this microchip, a vet can get you and your horse back together, whatever the circumstances may be. Every horse, pony and donkey must also have a passport which identifies your horse by it’s height and species.

You may be concerned that microchipping is an intrusive process, but the chip is tiny – the size of a grain of rice – and the procedure takes seconds; it doesn’t even require an anaesthetic. It’s usually inserted under the skin in the neck, and once it’s there, you (or your horse) won’t even notice it.

Hopefully you’ll never need to use the microchip, because your horse will live a safe, happy and long life with you. But there may be circumstances where you’ll be glad it’s there.

Your horse is stolen

It’s an unfortunate reality that some horses are stolen to order and resold. Without a microchip you wouldn’t be able to trace them. With a chip your animal can be identified and brought back home.

Things to consider about microchipping

  • It’s a legal requirement for all domesticated horses to be microchipped in England, Wales and Scotland by October 2020.
  • Do remember to keep your details up to date if you move house or change telephone number, so that you can be contacted if necessary.

If you want to know more about getting your pet microchipped, get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.