Micro Chipping and Freeze Branding Horses in Brisbane, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley
Micro chipping and freeze branding are used to identify horses and prevent theft.
While each has its pro’s and con’s, they have been shown to cause little physical or physiological stress to horses if executed properly.
As a horse owner, you will make the choice as to which is a better option. However, as both can be stressful for your horse, it is recommended to consult a veterinarian on possible side effects before making the final decision.
Why should I choose micro chipping?
A quick and simple procedure that provides safe and permanent identification, micro chipping is ideal for pleasure and performance horses outside Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing. Some states require horses to be micro chipped by law and micro chipping won’t leave a visible brand on your horse’s neck or shoulder.
Why should I choose freeze branding?
A virtually painless and economical procedure, freeze branding is most often used by race horse owners as branding is compulsory. However, many pleasure and performance horse owners, particularly breeders, will often choose to freeze brand their horses, in addition to micro chipping, so they’re easily identifiable.
Will these procedures hurt my horse?
Studies have been conducted to determine if either of these procedures cause undue pain or psychological stress in horses. The results show that neither will cause unnecessary suffering for your horse. However, when done by a veterinarian, your horse will receive a light sedation to eliminate pain and reduce stress.
Your Next Steps
To find out more about micro chipping and freeze branding or to make an appointment, call us today on (07) 5411 4554 to speak with a qualified veterinarian.