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Re: [RC] Fw: [AERC-Members] Horse Identification - Truman Prevatt

My wife's horse has a tattoo from his days on the track. Now it is pretty much unreadable (he's about 8 or 9). I suspect by the time he is 12 it would be worthless.

I did read one time that the FDA had not approved chips for use in horses yet. I see the logistics a real issue with the chips.


Bob Morris wrote:
Why a chip? Every horse at every ride gets an inspection of the mouth for capillary refill at least once. A lip tattoo as used by the Jockey Club on TB's would be easy to check while vetting in and taking the refill. And it is well proven usage in thousands of race horses and for many years. Why re-invent the wheel?
I smell a sales pitch.

Bob Morris
Morris Endurance Enterprises
Boise, ID

-----Original Message-----
From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Dot Wiggins
Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2003 8:38 PM
To: ridecamp
Subject: [RC] Fw: [AERC-Members] Horse Identification

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.

RE: [RC] Fw: [AERC-Members] Horse Identification, Bob Morris