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.