Passport and Microchipping
From 1st July 2009 all horses must have a passport and it is now a requirement that horses are microchipped before a passport is issued.
It is an offence for a keeper with ‘primary care responsibilities’ (eg. those caring for a horse on loan, owners, breeders, trainers) to keep a horse that does not have a passport and you could be fined up to £5000 if you don’t have one.
Equine passports contain certain information relating to the horse they are attached to including microchip details, age, breed/type, markings, owner's details and all the medications it has been given. All foals need to get a passport and this must be done before the foal is 6 months old or before 31st December, whichever is later. Microchipping is part of the passport application process and must be done by a veterinarian. If you want to sell or move your foal without it’s dam earlier than this you will need to have it microchipped and get a passport.
Microchipping is a simple, safe and quick procedure. The microchip is inserted into the crest on the left side of the neck via a needle. The microchip contains a unique number for your horse which matches their passport and the petlog database.
You can book an appointment to arrange your horse's passport and microchip by calling you local clinic.
Rule changes from 1st October 2020
All horses born after 30 June 2009 are already required to be microchipped. Owners of horses born before this date will have two years from 1st October 2018 to get their equines microchipped, meaning that ALL horses, regardless of their date of birth, will have to be microchipped from 1st October 2020.