As many of you are aware, the USEF and USHJA have instituted new rules regarding microchipping as of December 1, 2017. Attached you will find an article and fact sheet from these organizations outlining the implementation of these rules. While we wanted to be sure to keep you up-to-date on the regulations, we also wanted to remind you about the additional benefits of a microchip in your horse and answer some commonly asked questions.
Microchips are a great way keep your horse identifiable in many situations, even if you are not participating in competitions that require them. The recent fires in Northern and Southern California serve as a reminder that disaster preparedness is essential and a microchip can significantly increase the odds that you and your horse are reunited as soon as possible. While other means of identification certainly have their use in these situations, such as information taped onto the halter or animal-safe paint directly on the horse, these methods are not permanent – halters can come off and paint can fade.
A common misconception is that microchips can be used for tracking purposes, but this is not the case. Microchips contain a small amount of information that is only accessible when scanned and read with specialized scanners. They are also very safe, as is the procedure to insert them – at PenEq we have seen no adverse reactions in decades of use.
If you do choose to have your veterinarian microchip your horse, please remember that you are responsible for registering the microchip number. If you have any further questions, please contact us via Facebook, email, or phone!
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