Sapulpa Equine also offers a second form of permanent identification for your horses through the use of micro chips. Recording of horses with a microchip provides an easy and accurate method of identification.
Insertion of the microchip is relatively simple and leaves the horse permanently and easily identified without any blemishes such as brands.
The microchipping program works by recording the following horse information:
• Breeding and breeder of the horse
• Age / Date of Birth
• Current owner and address
This information is permanently linked to a microchip which is implanted in the horse by a veterinarian. It can also be recorded on your horses Coggins form.
The microchip used is the Destron Lifechip ® which is the same type of chip used on thoroughbreds in NZ and Australia. The microchip has a special coating which encourages binding to the surrounding tissue, it is a quality chip which remains in place and readable for many years.
The microchip is the size of a grain of rice. The electronic circuitry and antenna are sealed in an airtight, biocompatible capsule made of glass. The chip contains no battery and is only activated by a magnetic field when it is being scanned.
How is the microchip inserted?
Horse is restrained, usually by sedation and the microchip is inserted once the skin has been surgically prepared.
The microchip is injected, in a similar way to a normal intra muscular injection, in to the nuchal ligament, a fibrous cordlike structure which runs from the withers to the poll. This site is used because there is a very small loss rate of the microchip (0.3% - 0.4%). The microchip cannot be removed once inserted.
Using a microchip reader the unique number of the microchip can be permanently read at any time.
Data on the horse will be stored on a central accessible database and will contain relevant information on the horse.