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Making Additional Changes to a BHS Passport

Change to Equine Details

Addition of a Microchip

From 1 October 2018, it is a legal requirement for horses to be identifiable, with the insertion of a microchip. If the horse was born before 30 June 2009 and does not have a microchip, owners have a two year grace period to get their horse microchipped. From 1 October 2020, non-compliance will be an offence and carry a penalty of up to £200.

We suggest you have you horse microchipped as part of your horse’s routine vet visit, to avoid extra call-out fees.

If your horse has a British Horse Society passport and is microchipped retrospectively, we will need to be made aware of this and update the passport and our database accordingly. Your vet is required to complete the Passport Update form and this must be returned alongside your horse’s passport. We suggest returning it via 2nd Class Signed ForTM and to photocopy the vaccination page and passport number. Any updates to a passport must be endorsed and dated with our official stamp. There is no charge for this service.

If you are unsure as to whether your horse has a microchip, or you don’t know whether their microchip is linked to their passport, you can check on the Central Equine Database (CED) ChipChecker www.equineregister.co.uk/home  

Castration

If your horse has a British Horse Society passport and has been castrated, we will need to be made aware of this and update the passport and our database accordingly. Your vet is required to complete the Passport Update form and this must be returned alongside your horse’s passport. We suggest returning it via 2nd Class Signed ForTM and to photocopy the vaccination page and passport number. Any updates to a passport must be endorsed and dated with our official stamp. There is no charge for this service.

Horse colour/height change

Horse passports should be issued before the horses reaches full maturity, but this can result in the colour/height details becoming incorrect over time. In these circumstances, if your horse has a British Horse Society passport, request a letter from your vet confirming any colour/height changes and submit to us with your horse’s passport. We suggest returning it via 2nd Class Signed ForTM and to photocopy the vaccination page and passport number. We will then be able to update our database as well as adding additional details to the passport. For any passports issued after 1 January 2016 this will be in Section I Part C. Any updates to a passport must be endorsed and dated with our official stamp. There is no charge for this service.

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