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Branding or Micro Chip for Registration

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  • Branding or Micro Chip for Registration

    I have a choice of having branding or a microchip to register my filly. Apparently the registry will mail the microchip which can be done at your vet or you can choose a brand and they assign a number.

    Has anyone ever had to choose? If so, what did you choose and how did you get it done?
    Apparently due to parentage my filly does not have to be inspected.... which I thought it was done at the inspections.


  • #2
    I have never had to choose, but my horse is has a microchip and got it at his inspection before I bought him. I think in terms of verification a microchip is far superior to a brand - some of which can be quite hard to see, especially during winter. It also seems less painful for the horse, although I know branding can be done with local anesthetic, after the local wears off, it will be painful until it heals.

    I would pick the chip and let your vet do it.
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    • #3
      When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

      The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


      • #4
        Pros about chips: can identify the horse specifically. The detail that it offers can't be matched by anything else out there.
        Cons: not all chips use the same readers (is that still a concern? It was the last time I researched this). Lack of external "visible" identifier (in an auction situation many horses can be pulled by brand recognition). Can be painful and bloody, chips can migrate.

        The main benefit of a brand is the visible identifier. This primarily comes into play in a situation where the horse has reached a point of being super down on their lock and ends up in something like a feed lot. For better or worse, a "branded (registry) horse!" is more likely to get pulled than an arguably grade/unknown history horse. To my knowledge feed lots/auctions don't (always? Ever?) scan for chips.


        • #5
          What are your plans for the horse?

          If you expect to show under USEF, you will probably need a chip anyway, so you might as well kill two birds with one stone.

          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now). Spy is gone. April 15, 1982 to Jan 10, 2019.


          • Original Poster

            Excellent responses everyone thank you!!! Great info


            • #7
              Why limit yourself to just one?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Guilherme View Post
                Why limit yourself to just one?

                That is what I was thinking, use both, one for easy visual ID, the other for all the details that come with a # ID.

                Today's freeze brands are much better than hot ones were, don't cause horses any discomfort.
                Our vet freeze brands free for clients, a small charge for drop-ins to just brand.
                Inspectors here recommend brands for horses as a permanent ID in any place, any time.
                They have recovered stolen horses thanks to a brand.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Guilherme View Post
                  Why limit yourself to just one?

                  Agreed... personally, I would do both if that is an option.


                  • #10
                    We did both. Brands give the 'breed recognition' and the chips are required for USEF anyway.
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                    • Original Poster

                      Totally agree, I am thinking to do both. Hoping our vet will do it when teeth get done.

                      Thank you all! Really appreciate the insights


                      • #12
                        Another vote for both. I got my BLM branded mustang chipped because he’s double-branded, rendering the coding nearly illegible. And with the chip, it’s more quickly and easily proven that he’s not just *a* BLM Mustang, he’s *my* BLM Mustang.


                        • #13
                          Chip. My breed registry requires it for evaluation. I have a breed where the horses look pretty much alike, so it is a good idea. And as Janet mention, USEF is going to the chip anyway.
                          Where Norwegian Fjords Rule


                          • #14
                            USEF requires a chip now--or is that only for us H/J folks? Chip definitely, didn't take my vet any longer than a regular shot to do it, horse totally unphased by the process.
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