When it comes to doing right by your horse don’t forget that 28 March is the deadline for having all horses or ponies microchipped to keep you both on the correct side of the law and once your horse is microchipped by your vet, make sure your PIO uploads the microchip number up to the Central Equine Database. Once these two actions are taken you can alert people if your horse goes missing, verify that horses you are thinking of buying are legally for sale and apply for a ScotEquine Card.
Horse owners and keepers all over Scotland are already enjoying the added security which comes from registering on ScotEquine. Firstly, printed horse passports can be left securely at home as they can simply carry their horse's free, compact, and very handsome ScotEquine picture-ID card for most day-to-day purposes. Secondly, and more significantly, an accurate census of Scotland's equine population will mean Scot Equine’s Disease Notification system will come into its own. Government vets will be able to request that disease alerts be sent out locally, regionally or even nationally as befits the nature of the outbreak. So, yes, even retired and stay-at-home animals should please register.
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