Written by: Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT
A lot of you have had microchips implanted in your domestic pets, but have you had your horses chipped yet? Microchipping, as a form of permanent identification, was discussed by the horse industry 10 or 15 years ago, but did not gain traction due to a lot of unfounded myths and the lack of a universal reader that could read the various types of microchips.
A universal reader has resolved the problem of reading the various microchips. Microchips are a benefit to the industry and horse owners and they improve the health and welfare of our horses.
Microchips are electronic devices the size of a grain of rice that are easily implanted after local anesthesia in the horse's nuchal ligament (just below the base of the mane) halfway between the horse's poll and withers. A hand-held radio frequency scanner reads the number. It's like a VIN (vehicle identification number) for your horse.
Here are some of the benefits:
Here are some additional facts:
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.
We should do the same with all of our horses.
Article provided courtesy of AAEP-Alliance Partner, AQHA.
USEF, USHJA, FEI, and The Jockey Club require a specific type of microchip. If your horse was chipped prior to 2017, please make sure you're chip is compliant!
The microchip must be ISO 11784/11785 compliant, and will have a unique 15-digit number assigned only to your horse.
TEVA uses only FEI/USEF compliant microchips!
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