Microchipping in horses is compulsory?

Legislation came into effect in Scotland on 28th March 2021, which requires all horses to be microchipped for identification purposes.

Currently, only horses born from 2009 onwards were required to be fitted with a microchip, which was usually carried out at the time of passport application. However, this new legislation will cover all horses currently owned within Scotland.

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What is a microchip?

Microchips are small implants (approximately the size of a grain of rice) which are usually inserted into the middle of the left-hand side of the horse’s neck within the nuchal ligament. Each microchip has a unique number which can be scanned using a microchip reader. The details of the horse’s microchip should also be recorded in the horse’s passport. Each horse’s details are then stored on a central database which holds important information on the horse – such as the owner’s details and a description of the horse.

If you are unsure if your horse has been microchipped, please ask for one of our equine vets to scan your horse while we are out for any other procedures. The scanning takes only a couple of minutes and if we are unable to find a microchip, then one can be implanted for you.

If you have any queries or questions regarding microchipping or the new legislation, please do not hesitate to contact one of our equine vets on 01382 811111.