Microchip Your Horse
Microchips have come along way in the last 10-15 years. There is now a universal reader and a specialist slim equine chip that does not migrate if placed correctly. Microchipping is now mandatory in some states for Coggins (EIA) testing, as well as for all horses showing under USEF and USHJA rules, as well as FEI passports. Here are some benefits:
It's a permanent ID that cannot be separated from your horse or altered.
Microchips help prevent theft and aid in recovery during disasters: Displacement of horses during wildfires is now common place and experience has shown microchipping greatly improves chance of the safe return of your to you.
Provides accuracy at competitions and prevents fraud. Many horse registries and show organizers have started requiring that participating horses be microchipped to ensure that the horses' ID, age and past participation are accurate.
Traceability in the event of a disease outbreak.
Identification for sales documentation and transfers.
Identification for Coggins and Health Certificates.
Microchip your horse now! Call HCVS at (970) 749 1013 to make an appointment for this simple and essential procedure.
What Is a Microchip?
A microchip for horses is a as small as a thin grain of rice; it is a bio-compatible, polymer chip that is implanted in your horses nucheal ligament (just below the mane). The ISO-compliant slim chip has been proven not to cause any local inflammatory reaction after implantation. Over 20 years microchips have not been associated with an carcinogenic effects. Microchips can be read by any universal reader and registered with an agency (www.petlink.net) for easy locating when a horse is missing. Microchips are read-only and do not contain a GPS or any information about the animal or owners. They are simply a stored number that cannot be altered, removed or deactivated.
How and Where to Register you microchip?
Microchips can be registered with your breed association, national registries such as petlink.com or the equine protection registry. There is an Equine Microchip Look Up Tool that searches all of the breed databases in the event of a lost or found horse to contact the owner.