Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, all horses newly-registered with the FEI must be microchipped. (2012 FEI Article 1011.1.2.3). The microchip must be compatible with ISO 11784 and ISO 11785, and all microchip information must be entered in the horse’s passport and reported to the USEF. This requirement applies to initial FEI registration only.
Although this new rule only applies to owners wishing to obtain passports for horses in order to compete in FEI-sanctioned events, microchipping is a non-invasive, unalterable way to permanently identify any horse. Many European breed registries have already banned branding of horses and instead microchip horses for identification at the time of inspection/registration.
The standard microchip number consists of 15 digits, the first three identify the manufacturer or country code and the remaining numbers are unique and non-duplicated. The technical concept of animal identification described is based on the principle of radio-frequency identification (RFID). These numbers represent the unique identifier that will be associated with a specific horse from date of implant until the animal’s death.
If you are interested in having your horses microchipped please call or e-mail the office. We keep microchips in stock and have a standard digital microchip reader to check for microchips that may have previously been implanted or confirm that a new microchip is working correctly.