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EllieBeast

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Ellie is freezemarked. i feel that a mark could be more effective, as it is visible to a layman, you dont need specialist equipment to tell they are identifiable. i liked the jargon the spieled to me when i had her marked, that 95% of freezemarked horses who are stolen are found or returned within 2 weeks of the incident. - i dont know the stats for chipping.
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I said no to the 3rd option. When I bought Joey, we decided to have him chipped, and organised it through the vet. The vet came and chipped him, and it was only after when she was trying to check the number, she realised that he was already chipped. How did she know I hadn't stolen him?
 

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Thankies... I'm with you... it's visible so an obvious deterrant IMO
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Hmm good point... I know they tend to insert the chip in the same area.. but they do move around... hmmm!!

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Bloss is getting micro chipped when she has her yearly injection which is in november. im just getting it done for by own peace of mind tbh - my puppy is chipped and it just makes me feel a bit better!
 

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You see I was considering chipping.... cos it sounds stupid but I don't want my pony 'marked' LOL!!! He's just too gorgeous!! ;-)
 

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I know what you are saying about not wanting to 'mark' yours but you just have to put yourself in the shoes of the policeman who stops a trailer in the middle of the night (assuming they have the bottle to get in and look). They cannot search for a chip, even if the logo is present on the horse's neck. At auctions nobody will scan them and we know that fresh passports will be issued with virtually no questions asked at many auction sites.
Freezemarking really is the way forward, if enough horses are done it will cease to look unusual or 'unsightly'
 

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Storm and Allie aren't chipped or tagged but Missy is. Personally I think micro chips are a bit pointless because they're not visible to the naked eye but I feel that if the horse was branded to show that it is microchipped it would be far more of a deterrent to the theives.
 

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I agree - freezemarking is a good idea - but I know my old mare has one but you can't see it properly now (and she's had it about 25 years so it can only be expected) but I have no documentation to say she's mine with that freezebrand
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and although I'd like to change it I worry that if I do manage to work out what her freezebrand is she will come up as stolen and I will end up losing her!
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I agree - freezemarking is a good idea - but I know my old mare has one but you can't see it properly now (and she's had it about 25 years so it can only be expected) but I have no documentation to say she's mine with that freezebrand <img src="http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif"
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If you have had her that long it is VERY unlikely somebody would want to claim her at this late stage, you can check yourself on the Stolen Horse Register online for peace of mind. a freezemark is pointless if the data is not up to date, how else would you be contacted if she was stolen or strayed. You can register a mark with Freezemark or Farmkey, even if they didn't do the original branding
 

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Chance and Sprite are freezemarked, but Misty isn't - must get round to arranging it
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. I do think it is a visible deterrent to thieves - I've heard of horses being stolen from a field but the freeze-marked ones left behind. Plus if they do get stolen they are quite easy to identify even by people with no clue about horses.

I wouldn't worry about 'marking' him - it was a painless procedure for my two and is under the saddle so doesn't show when ridden. Much better than the prospect of them being stolen and never finding out what happened to them ...
 

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Freezemarking is on my 'to do' list. Couldn't have her done when I got her as she had not really been handled before and I thought i best to get her used to things before I subjected the poor freezemarking man to a half wild Welshie!
 

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[/ QUOTE ] it was only after when she was trying to check the number, she realised that he was already chipped. How did she know I hadn't stolen him?

Naughty vet, they are supposed to check the animal first to ensure that it has not already been chipped
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Ralph and all my other horses have been chipped and I do believe that it does act as a way of recognition. My dogs are done as well
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