It is a legal requirement for every equine born or registered in the UK from 2009 onwards to have a microchip. However, there are a number of animals in the national herd that do not.

It is a good idea to have a microchip inserted in your equine to enable it to be identified. This is important if your animal gets loose and separated from you and will enable enforcement and welfare agencies to reunite the equine with its owner. It also helps vets administer the correct treatments to the right animal and helps protect the food chain.

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