What happens if my equine does not have a microchip or Horse Passport?
It is illegal to own an equine (horses, ponies, donkeys mules, asses and even zebras) without having a passport. Non-compliance may result in a fine of up to £5000 and/or a prison sentence of up to 3 months.
My horse lives at livery, should I keep the passport at my house?
It must be with the animal at all times, eg if you keep your animal in a livery stable the passport must be kept at the stable. You need to show it:
- On demand from a local authority enforcement officer, like a Trading Standards inspector
- When you sell or give the animal to someone else
- When a vet examines or treats your animal
Can I register my horse on a database? Is there a specific one I should use?
For many years owners registered their details onto the National Equine Database Ltd. In 2012 this database ceased operations. However, Petlog are able to register equine and keeper details and we recommend horse owners seek to register with them. There are currently plans to re-introduce a National Equine Database, and many PIOs also run a database alongside issuing equine passports.
Do you sell a scanner that is suitable for scanning horses or sheep?
We offer various scanners that are good for reading a microchip implanted in a horse – try the PetScan, its a nice small head. The sound can be turned off to avoid surpising the horse. The PetScan will read the UK standard ISO chips, and a couple of other types. More professional (and more expensive) scanners can extend the read range and add some of the occassionally seen foreign microchips. By all means email us or phone to discuss scanner needs.