New Horse Identification Regulations
Under the new EU rules, all horses, Zebras and other exotic equines born after 1st of July 2009 will receive a microchip when the owner applies for a passport.
All horses and ponies within England and Wales are required to have a passport for identification purposes. All foals should receive their passport before the 31st of December in the year that they are born.
The microchip can only be implanted by a veterinary surgeon and will help provide a more accurate means of equine identification.
This will help to protect not only horses who have been lost or stolen but also to protect the horses own identity and to prevent horses from entering the food chain by mistake, especially if they have been treated with substances which could be harmful to humans.