Benefits of Microchipping Your Horse

I will just list them.

  • When properly registered, a microchip is the unique and unalterable link to the owner of the animal. That should be self-explanatory.
  • Health records are easier to track for vets-this is critical for pre-purchase or breeding exams.
  • Health certificates can be linked to the chips for shipping, showing, racing, and/or sales.
  • Registrations of foals at or close to birth, especially coupled with DNA testing, virtually  eliminates doubt of identity of parentage even when born to surrogate mares.
  • Ownership of horses can be easily traced because a ‘passport’ unique to each horse would follow it from birth to the grave.

The downside? So far-quite honestly, I haven’t found one.

Now I will say-for a couple of my horses, it did make their necks sore for a couple of days. BUT-l will also say this-they were also horses that did not put their heads down that much. The ones that did, didn’t have any problems. I think it was the repetitive stretching down to graze and eat that took the soreness out. Just for whatever it’s worth to you.

Questions? Ask me. Or go to Stolen Horse International and look under the tab for Services. There’s a link for Equine Identification.

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Microchipping-why?

microchipSee that little bitty brown thing? That’s a microchip. They do NOT have the ability to be tracked from outer space. Whoever is spreading that rumor around is wearing a tin foil hat and living in rooms lined in tin foil. The reason is quite simple. In order to transmit a signal up to a satellite, it would have to have a power source. Any power source with enough juice to do that would currently be the size of a small loaf of bread. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see anybody implanting a small loaf of bread into anything-especially when you figure you’d have to redo it every 12-24 months. Yikes.

So we have this thing which just sits there and does absolutely NOTHING until a scanner comes along and hits it with a signal asking for the encoded number. Then it responds with the number-and that’s all it does. You can’t change the number. You can’t do anything to make it do anything else. It just sits there.

Why microchip? If all the thing does is give a number, then big hairy whoop, right? Wrong. See-each microchip is unique-and I use that word correctly. There is only ONE NUMBER PER CHIP ever. It is analogus to getting a registration number for your horse, dog, cat, iguana, or whatever-even your saddle or bridle. You know those Vehicle Identification Numbers on your car, truck, horse trailer? Same idea. You microchip your horse and then register your name and information along with your horse’s information. Bingo! Everything is linked.

Now here’s the thing-you need to put that number on everything related to your horse. Coggins paperwork, breed registration, health certificates, show paperwork–everything and anything related to your horse. Why? Because if something happens to your horse or if you have to take that horse out of the country and prove ownership, guess what? Right again-when you scan that chip, the number will match all of the paperwork and it will come back to you.

And, God forbid, if the horse is stolen-law enforcement will LOVE you having a microchip registry certificate and a microchip scanner. It won’t matter that somebody else is standing there with a forged bill of sale. You’ll have proof the horse is really yours. NetPosse Store $40 is cheap insurance. Sign up for the NIP Registry, too.

Taking Disaster Precautions

Nobody believes in the word ‘disaster’. It isn’t real. It is that thing that happens to somebody else. It never happens to me. Except it does. Sometimes it is just little disasters-a flat tire when we are in a hurry, a broken pipe when it freezes,  a clogged toilet (particularly when company is there), but there are also the big ones-a car accident, a house fire, the death of family members, loss of jobs.

It’s tough to plan for everything. So we don’t. It’s easier not to. Except that doesn’t work-and the results REALLY suck.

Now I realize that it takes effort, but, like most things, the front end effort makes the back end worthwhile. This is a terrific article that has some wonderful ideas on exactly what you need in your arsenal of ‘tricks’ to come out on the other side in as good shape as possible.

Personal disaster tips

One minute disaster tips

FREE listings for LOST or FOUND animals

It’s work-I won’t lie to you. But it beats the expense and heartache of losing what you have if you don’t. Just make a list and get it done.

Mistakes I See People Making–

Don’t want to seem harsh or critical-because this is something that I’ve learned through observation and I feel it is not just tragic, but avoidable-most of the time. Sometimes it isn’t. Life can be like that-it will bite us while we are busy making other plans and I will be the first to tell you that I’ve been bitten more than a few times. I’d just like to same somebody else’s heart-and butt-from the pain.

  • When you buy/lease/loan/give away a horse-for heaven’t sake, write out a Bill of Sale and make two copies-one for each party. I don’t really care if the horse is worth $1 or $100K-take the time to do it.
  • Get somebody else to “witness” both of you signing that paperwork-and they need to sign it as well. Then make a photo of you/them/horse in ONE PHOTO and make sure the photo is automatically dated. (if you don’t know how to do that on your cell phone, either read the manual or go to your provider and they’ll show you.) Send a copy to the other person.
  • Put copies of all documentation-Bills of sale, Coggins, vet records, breed registration, photos, microchip certificate. show records, etc. into at LEAST two places-I recommend a file cabinet AND an online place such as Google Docs, OneDrive, Box, DropBox, or some other electronic archive. If you register with the NIP ™ Registry, you can stash it there.
  • If you are leasing or loaning a horse-go check on the horse. I don’t mean call. I mean go check on the horse. Get your butt out there. People have a lot harder time lying about what happened to your horse face to face.
  • Remember-just because you think the person ‘looks’ trustworthy doesn’t mean that they are. Go check them out, ask for references, check those references-and do not be shy. Your horse’s life could depend on it.  Many, many horses never make it to those ‘good’ homes.
  • Once you sell a horse-you have no way to control what happens. That ‘first right of refusal’ thing is a thing that is touted a lot. It doesn’t work. If somebody wants to turn around and sell your horse to slaughter-there is nothing to stop them. NOTHING. Legally, it is their horse to do what they want to with. How do they get by with it? Very simple-it costs a lot of money and a whole lot of time to bring a lawsuit about a broken contract. In the meantime, your horse is long gone. That’s reality.
  • Waiting and hoping the horse will come home. If your horse is missing-call NetPosse right then. Don’t wait. It takes anywhere from 3-7 days for a horse to go from your pasture to either Canada or Mexico. Much less than that in Florida-they are gone overnight. If you wait-you’re gambling with your horse’s life.

Is this some tough language? Yeah-probably for some folks. I hope it’s a wake up for some.