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Microchips in horses

Microchips such as BackHome BioGlass mini transponders can be used to electronically identify horses just as easily as they are used to identify dogs and cats.
To scan for them you need to know where the microchip is placed.

 

In the horse, there are two recognised implantation sites currently in use:

  • Implantation Site 1 - The microchip is placed along the top of the neck, beside the nuchal ligament. It should be about half along the length of the neck, at the halfway point between the ears and the withers. This is the recommended implantation site in all countries except Australia.
     
  • Implantation Site 2 - The microchip is placed in the muscle tissue on the left side of the neck. this is the same site that many small volume injections such as vaccines are given. This is the recommended implantation site in Australia, so it is important to check for microchips here if the horse may have be chipped in Australia.

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