Horse Microchipping Service

Microchipping is widely accepted as a safe, effective and tamper proof method of identifying horses. Since 1999 it has been a requirement for all racing thoroughbred horses that are to be registered with Wetherbys and from July 2009 all foals have also required a microchip as well as a passport for identification.

Horse MicrochippingMicrochipping is a quick and simple procedure. The microchip is implanted in the nuchal ligament (the ligament running from the poll to the withers) on the left side of the neck in the same way that an intra muscular injection is given. It is not uncommon for a small amount of bleeding to occur from the injection site, but this can be easily stopped with pressure applied for a couple of minutes. Microchipping is an act of veterinary surgery, and can only be carried out by veterinary surgeons or qualified veterinary nurses under veterinary supervision. Adverse reactions to microchips are very rare.

Once your horse has been microchipped your details are held on a central register so you can be contacted if your horse is found missing or stolen.

For information on compulsory microchipping of dogs go to our pet microchipping page.