Horses, like many animals, must be identified by a review or a microchip so that they are legally documented. In horses, the microchip is different from that of, for example, dogs, since it must be placed on the neck and it is an injectable device that must meet ISO standards.
The review of a horse is the document that serves to identify a horse and legally everyone must have it. It consists of the characteristics that the equine has, such as color, marks, swirls, something genuine that identifies it. Apart from all this you have to have the health book with all the details.
As for the microchip or electronic identification, it is one of the advances in recent years. It consists of a injectable device that is implanted using a syringe, subsequently forming around it a thin layer of protein that leaves it fixed at the implantation site. Its autonomy is unlimited and it can last inside the horse for more than fifty years.
How to place the microchip
Firstly, it is necessary to verify the operation of the microchip inside the blister and check that the numbering obtained matches those of the barcode labels. Before implanting it, we will apply an antimicrobial antiseptic. The microchip has to go to the left side of the horse's neck, one foot below the mane line.
Later, the needle is placed in a 90º angle to the skin of the neck and it will be inserted holding the leather firmly with the other hand. Thus we avoid a possible sudden movement of the horse, withdraw the syringe involuntarily. Push the plunger slowly to the end of its travel, checking at this point that it get stuck clicking.
Finally, the needle is withdrawn at the same time of the application, pressing the inoculation point with the finger. Scan the horse's neck to check the correct application and reading of the microchip.