Is your Horse Microchipped?

Revised March 2022

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New legislation means that all horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in Great Britain need to be microchipped.

Failure to comply is an offence and could result in a fine.

Benefits of having your horse microchipped

Is your horse microchipped? 

Once your horse is microchipped, update your Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) with the microchip number and they will upload the data to the Central Equine Database. By using the Central Equine Database you can:

  • Check your horse’s passport details using the National ChipChecker
  • Quickly report your horse missing
  • Check if a horse is legally for sale
  • Additionally, in Scotland you can register your horse with ScotEquine. The Scottish Database puts horses and ponies on the map and tracks thier moves in Scotland only

Deadline for having your horse microchipped

Microchipping, image courtesy of Redwings Sanctuary 

The deadline will vary according to what part of the country you’re in. Ensure your horse is microchipped before the relevant deadline listed below:

  • England - 1 October 2020
  • Wales - 12 February 2021
  • Scotland - 28 March 2021

 


 

We would recommend that horse owners make sure their microchip is registered with their horse’s Passport Issuing Organisation. They can check this by searching the Chip Checker and can find out which Passport Issuing Organisation manages that horse’s passport. If the microchip number is not found, horse owners need to contact their horse’s Passport Issuing Organisation.”

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