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[RC] Fw: [AERC-Members] Horse Identification - Dot Wiggins

Looking for comments on this proposal.    Among other things,  is there an issue with "ringer" horses being entered in rides?
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Sent: Saturday, June 14, 2003 8:31 PM
Subject: [AERC-Members] Horse Identification

Just had time to skim the minutes from the June EN
What do others think of this "chip" program?   I can think of a bunch of problems with this.
Nightmare of paper work for both RM and Vets.   "It is hard to keep these folks as it is."
What about the horses that already carry chips, or registration # brands, and those that carry an owners own registered brand?  Horses can change hands and nobody knows there is already a chip, now you could possibly get two.
How do you prove the horse that is being "chipped" really belongs to the person presenting it?
The number of "readers" listed at 12?  I skimmed thru the ride calendar and some months there are more rides than that in one region.  How do you insure each ride will have a reader?  How do insure they will be returned in time on time? 
As far as theft protection, no one can see the chip, that horse could be sold privately several times for years before a scanner happens to see the chip.
Just a few of the questions that come to mind.
More maybe later.