The Equine Team at River Valley continues to provide information for all of our horse enthusiasts! We’ve previously discussed the rule change regarding needing current (ie within 6 months) documented proof of vaccination against Equine Herpes Virus.
This week the USEF has put out yet another news release for all horse owners. As odd as it is, equine-knapping, yes that’s right, has become a relatively new ‘crime.’ To help put a stop to these unfortunate folks’ agenda the USEF would like to have all horses be microchipped by 2019. Not only is this a good idea to ensure the horse’s identity but also allow fans and breeders to follow their careers.
The process of microchipping is a simple procedure and the microchips can maintain implanted for the horse’s life. For those horses competing for points, starting in 2018 the USEF will start enforcing the necessity for chip placement. As the year and competitions progress into 2019, they will enforce every horse in competition to be microchipped.
So what if my horse and I don’t compete in the USEF?
Great question. While horse-knapping is not on the rise here in Minnesota it may be where you are headed. Having that peace of mind for all horse owners that their horse is properly identified and registered to them is of most importance. These recommendations are in place for you and your horse to ensure they don’t end up in the wrong hands or worse the wrong place.
How do we microchip a horse?
We will use a local block in the skin to numb the area along the left side mid-neck. A needle is inserted and the microchip is dispensed. A microchip scanner is then used to scan the area and ensure its proper placement.
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