New USEF Vaccination Rule

As of December 1, 2015, all horses entering grounds of federally licensed competitions must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Flu and Equine Herpes Virus Vaccinations within 6 months.

Influenza and Herpes Virus are both highly contagious Equine diseases.  They are frequently transmitted from one horse to another at horse shows, rodeos or other events that can be stressful to a horse.  Vaccination not only aids in protecting your horse from contracting these diseases, but it also can help prevent carrier horses from shedding the virus.

 

Equine Microchipping

Microchipping is an effective means of identifying your horse in case of theft, loss or during an evacuation.  Animal shelters are required to scan all incoming animals for a Microchip.  Recently, many competitive organizations including USEF and FEI have issued rulings mandating microchip identification of competition horses.

Unlike a brand, the microchip leaves no outward sign of permanent identification, which can be desirable for show horses.  Once registered online, the Microchip will link your horse directly to you and your contact information. 

Implanting a Microchip is a fairly simple procedure.  Light sedation is used along with a local anesthetic at the implantation site.  Once the site is cleaned thoroughly, the microchip is placed beneath the skin.  No sutures are required and most horses can return to work the next day.