All foals are now legally required to be microchipped, any horses without passports are legally required to get a passport and a microchip. This takes only a few seconds…and is relatively painless.
A microchip is a permanent identification feature. It is an electronic chip the size of a grain of rice. It is inserted into the nuchal ligament in the neck of a horse.
Unfortunately it is not uncommon for horses to be stolen or even just go missing. With microchipping some of these horses may be returned to their rightful owners.
Microchipping is available for farm animals as well as horses and domestic pets. An excellent deterrent to the would be thief and the best way of proving ownership should theft of a valuable animal occur.