There are many benefits to utilizing microchip identification as opposed to the traditional tattoo. In fact, some competitions and breed registries, like the Jockey Club, require microchip identification for foals born after January 1, 2017. Unlike tattooed serial numbers, which can fade and become difficult to read
in time, implantation of a microchip is quick, easy, painless, and permanent. Owning a horse is an expensive undertaking. Microchip IDs are great for both recreational and competition horses and a great way to protect your investment. Each microchip holds a unique identification number that can be traced to reunite you to your horse in case of a natural disaster or theft.
Implantation is just under the mane where it will be clipped, cleaned, and treated with a local anesthetic. The microchip is inserted into the nuchal ligament where there is no likelihood of migrating. Most horses hardly notice this treatment, but for some nervous patients, a mild sedative can be given. It’s ideal to schedule the implantation with a dental session since the horse will already be sedated.