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18 Apr Microchipping Your Horse

One Unique Number for Life

Microchipping is a low-cost method to permanently ID an animal.

You can think of a microchip as your horse’s social security, serial or VIN number. A microchip can prove a horse’s identity in a sale, breeding, breed registration, competition, theft, ownership dispute, natural disaster and more. Many breed organizations and disciplines do require microchipping, so please check the rules of the shows you will be attending.

A microchip is the size of a rice grain containing a unique 15-digit identification number. The American Association of Equine Practitioners has determined that the implantation of a microchip is a veterinary procedure. After scanning the horse to prove there is not already an existing microchip,

the horse will be prepped for inserting the chip. Inserting the microchip is a simple, quick procedure, usually taking less than 15 minutes. The horse may require sedation or a local anesthetic block over the insertion site. The veterinarian will prep and clean the nuchal ligament (just below the mane), halfway between the poll and the withers on the left side of the horse. After sterilizing the injection site, the microchip will then be inserted with a 14-gauge needle. After implantation, the microchip will be scanned to verify that it is still readable.

Contact us to get your horse microchipped.

Now anyone with a scanner will be able to read your horse’s unique identification number. Our clinic will store the microchip number with your horse’s file. If competing or registering your horse with a breed organization, you will need to report your horse’s microchip number.

Most horses do not have any adverse reactions to microchips. In the few horses that do, local swelling at the injection site may be present for a few days after the procedure.

If you have any questions or interest in microchipping your horse or pony, please contact our clinic. We are here to help!