Frequently Asked Questions   

Do you participate in the American Horse Council’s ‘HorseLookup.org’? 2020-01-16T08:12:27-06:00

Yes we do!  Any chip we make and all of our registered chips are automatically searchable in the American Horse Council’s web service, horselookup.org.  We are a participating member of the online tool where our Equine Protection Registry™ and LifeTrac™ services are also searchable.  See it here.

Our customers, equine registries, horse rescues and veterinarians rely on us to provide fast and accurate information about a chipped horse.  Our membership in the American Horse Council’s initiative is an important part of the services we provide. There is no extra charge to our customers.

Horses registered in our Equine Protection Registry™ and those in LifeTrac™ (see FAQ below) are automatically part of the AHC microchip search tool.


Documents To Go™ – What is this?2018-07-12T00:49:20-05:00

Horse owners are on the go.  Why carry around a bunch of paperwork?  Store your critical horse documents on your Member Dashboard at no charge.  Keep Coggins, Brand Certificates, images and more, along with your microchip Certificate of Ownership.

Login and show your stuff  – with Documents To Go!

LifeTrac™ – What is this?2019-11-13T12:35:17-06:00

LifeTrac™ is an exclusive FREE feature of our Equine Protection Registry™.
When you register your horse’s chip, choose to be part of your horse’s life no matter what.

For better or worse (even if you are no longer the owner), you can opt in to be contacted if your horse may ever need care or rescue in the future.  Just click YES on your Member dashboard!

FOR RESCUES:  When you order chips, request that they be ‘Flagged’ into our Lifetrac™ program upon purchase. No charge for this service. All chips will be tracked back to your rescue, UNLESS you want individual owners to register the horse in their name as well.  Either way, you are always connected to the horse!  Call for more info:  800.434.2843.

LifeTrac™ –  Connected for Good.

Lifetrac Logo

What is a ‘900’ chip?2018-02-11T10:43:31-06:00

Those who rely upon microchips have voiced concerns about a type of ISO chip that begins with the numbers: 900 (nine-zero-zero).

Facts as of Spring, 2018:
UNIQUE CODE: There are currently 26 manufacturers who have earned a unique code for their microchips, such as 933, 965, 981, 985, etc.  These are companies who have developed a proven track record for microchip reliability, lack of failure and lack of duplication.  In the USA, several of these companies have gone a step further and have been vetted by regulatory entities such as the USDA.

SHARED CODE:  There are currently 28 companies that have been granted permission in Europe to make an injectable ISO microchip beginning with 900.  These companies share ‘900’ as the first three digits of the chips they make. They must meet a performance and sales quota to develop a track record before they are granted a unique ‘unshared’ code.

Why the concern?
It is confusing for a vet or owner to backtrack the 900 shared-code chips, because they all begin with the same 3 numbers – 900. One must delve into the next set of 3 or 6 numbers (within the chip number) to begin backtracking to a source. Most of these companies are not located in, nor do they have distributors in, the USA.

By contrast, unique (unshared) codes are easier to track to the source because they are unique, they are listed in most databases in the USA, and they have proven histories and regimented databases.

Therefore, we provide the facts as follows:
1) Companies who have been issued ‘shared 900’ codes, have not as yet met the bar for, or have chosen not to apply for, a unique manufacturer’s code.
2) It is more difficult to quickly backtrack a 900 shared-code chip for obvious reasons.
3.  Horses live a long time. They are valuable at many levels for many reasons.  The chip must serve the horse and owner well and it must NOT fail. Given all the choices available today, our recommendation is to choose a chip company that has a proven track record for producing high quality chips.  A microchip company must be accountable for things such as no duplication, and for the long-lived performance of their microchips. The only measure of true accountability is time and level of success in a demanding market.

Are your microchips FEI Compliant?2018-01-23T09:38:12-06:00

Yes!  All of our EquineChips™ comply with and meet or exceed FEI requirements.  They also meet USEF and USHJA requirements.

Can I use your chip for USHJA competition?2017-02-22T19:55:50-06:00

Yes.  All of our ISO chips comply with the USHJA Rules for competition.  Order yours today and have your vet install, or tell your vet to call us!  800.434.2843

Video: Installing the Mini EquineChip™2017-10-20T03:19:28-05:00

Veterinarians love the quality and design of our Mini EquineChip™.
See how easy it is to use!

The Mini Chip for horses? – Tell me about it.2019-11-13T12:28:31-06:00

Several microchip companies manufacture microchips in two sizes. A regular size and a MINI version.  However, the only Mini Chip approved by the USDA for use in horses is made by our company, Microchip ID Systems.

It is the same price as our regular chip, but uses a smaller needle – thus the name Mini!  Order the EquineChip in the ISO Mini or the USDA 840 Mini – and get the best of all worlds.
• The highest quality minichip and syringe you can buy.
• Officially approved by the USDA for use in horses. (840-ID)
• Complies with ISO standards.
• Can be used around the world.
• Can be ordered with USA prefix of ‘840’ or in regular ISO with our 933 prefix.
• Complies with FEI and other event and passport requirements.
• Guaranteed for Life by industry equine leader, Microchip ID Systems.

EquineChipMiniComparev2 copy

Will it interfere with my horse’s performance?2017-11-05T04:19:20-06:00

Not at all!  From the track to the trail.  Dressage to polo.  Barrels to roping.  From hunter jumpers to that backyard best friend.  Performance is not affected in the least.  Our customers and their veterinarians are the best testimony to this fact.

Is your EquineChip™ approved by the USDA for Horses?2019-11-13T12:31:21-06:00





Yes. The USDA has very strict quality and compliance requirements for injectable microchips in horses. Microchip ID Systems was granted official USDA approval by the USDA for two of our most popular products for horses.
Our USDA Official approved products are:
 The 840 Mini (the only mini approved for horses by the USDA)
 The 840 Standard is also approved.

See both here.

NOTE: The official USDA 840 version of our EquineChip has special requirements, so call for more info: (800) 434-2843. Or you can order our regular EquineChips that have no requirements.

10 things to know before you microchip your horses?2018-04-27T18:32:18-05:00

1. Not everything you read online (about chips for horses) is true!
2. When choosing a ‘type’ of chip for your horse, be sure to get the latest and most accurate information. ‘Type’ refers to the radio frequency at which your chip will operate and perform.
3. The type of chip recommended for horses is the standard ISO type. It is 15 digits long. It operates at 134.2 kHz.
4. Using older technology (less than 15 digits) places your horse at risk going forward, as many scanners will not detect these types of chips in the future.
5. We manufacture only ISO Standard Certified microchips. They are recognized worldwide and can be read by universal scanners used across the USA. Plus, our ISO EquineChip™ comes in the safe new Mini™ version.  So, don’t let someone ‘sell you’ on using an outdated non-ISO type of chip.
6. Any veterinarian or equine rescue should have a scanner that reads all chips. They are easy to find.
7. We will upgrade your existing scanner (if it does not read all chip types) for a minimal price. If you need one, call 985.898.0811.
8.  If you want your name and contact info connected to your horse, enroll the chip in our Equine Protection Registry.
9.  A microchip is like a VIN number or a Social Security number for your horse.  Make it count.
10.  If you have questions, call us. We manufacture what we sell. We will give you straight and honest answers.

What do I get when I register the chip?2019-11-13T13:52:10-06:00

The EPR – Equine Protection Registry™ is the only national microchip registry exclusively for horses and their owners. Managed by experts. Always On.  Our trained staff is dedicated to horses and owners. So much more than a pet microchip registry. (But we have that, too!)

Membership includes:

  1.  Lifetime registration in the EPR. No more fees.
  2.  Full page printable Ownership Certificate.
  3.  Mobile Member Card.
  4.  Free SearchAlert™ if needed.
  5.  Live customer care. We back you up 7 days week.
  6.  Cloud-based Member Account so you can update anytime, from anywhere.
  7.  Added Bonus:  When you enroll your horse in the EPR, we also take the additional step of listing your horse with the American Horse Council‘s microchip lookup tool.  We are a member of this search tool.











Tell me about your Privacy Policy?2017-10-20T03:19:28-05:00

Privacy Matters. We get it.  We have the strongest Privacy Policy in the industry and we have years of experience to back it up.

Do you have programs for Registries and Associations?2019-11-13T12:00:58-06:00

Yes.  Are you considering offering The EquineChip™ to your members? Perhaps requiring a chip for permanent identification? Looking for a special price for members of your registry? Here are some options:

  • MiniChip –  Call for group pricing.
  • ISO or USA ‘840’ ISO – Call for group pricing and options.
  • Stock and sell The EquineChip™ directly from your office. We ship to you – you ship to your members.
  • Allow members to order microchips directly from us and receive a special member discount on their chips.
  • Allow members to choose whatever ISO chip they want.  We keep records of every chip we sell.
  • Owners can include an optional lifetime microchip registration into the Equine Protection Registry.

Call us to discuss your plans and needs – 800.434.2843

How long does the chip last? Does it wear out?2016-06-03T03:06:58-05:00

The microchip has no power supply, battery, or moving parts and requires no care.  The EquineChip can not be erased with a magnet or electricity.  The EquineChip is guaranteed by United States manufacturer, Microchip ID Systems, for the lifetime of your animal.

What is the difference between the 840-ID chip and The EquineChip?2017-11-05T04:26:37-06:00

There is no technical difference between the two. The structure, size, warranty, price and design are identical. Same high quality. The differences are in the recordkeeping for you and for our company.


I am worried about being separated from my horse in a disaster. How can the chip help?2017-10-20T03:19:28-05:00

A disaster of any kind can force a separation between you and your horse. Having a microchip that is registered in your name in our nationwide database makes a huge difference.  Microchip ID – Equine Division works with national disaster preparedness groups across America.

These groups are equipped with microchip scanners, as are veterinarians and local animal control workers.  In times of natural disaster or emergency, scanning for microchips is the ideal and preferred method of identifying equines and reuniting them with registered owners.

When a registered microchip is found in your horse, he or she is a phone call away from being reunited with you!


How to install a microchip in a horse?2017-11-05T04:27:34-06:00

Microchipping is a simple injection.  It only takes seconds.  Most horses don’t even flinch as the chip is quickly injected into the nuchal ligament just below the mane.  Once the chip is in place, it cannot be detected by hand – only with a scanner.  The horse feels nothing when he is being scanned.

Open How to Microchip a Horse






At what age can my horse be microchipped with The EquineChip™ ?2017-10-20T03:19:28-05:00

Any age, from birth on. Oh…and don’t forget…The Mini EquineChip™ is great for foals!







How can I register the microchip for my dog or cat?2017-10-20T03:19:28-05:00

Dogs and cats and other small pets need to be registered at BuddyID.com (for pets.)
Note: We are an active member of the United States Pet Microchip Lookup Network.
Go to BuddyID.com



Why is the EquineChip different from other brands?2017-11-05T04:30:34-06:00







These are the Stand-Out features of Microchip ID Systems | Equine Products:

  • In business in the United States for over 25 years.
  • We have thousands of equine customers already using our products. Registries, breeding facilities, rescues, equine vets, equine ranches, disaster teams, and horse owners.
  • The only microchip manufacturer dedicated to producing cutting edge products for horses.
  • The EquineChip™ is the smallest microchip used in horses, delivered by the smallest needle.
  • Our products are openly guaranteed for life.  The warranty is built in to every chip we sell.
  • The Equine Protection Registry is for horses – not pets.  Why? Because when a horse is missing or lost, the network for recovery is very different from that of pets. Quick and decisive action is needed. Brand inspectors need to be notified. (They have scanners!) SearchAlerts are free and can be initiated by the horse owner online or by phone.
  • Being a manufacturer, we offer a complete product line to suit all needs in the equine industry.
  • We have a team of well-trained professionals to answer questions and talk with intelligence about microchips for horses and other equines.
How can I register in the Equine Protection Registry?2017-10-20T03:19:28-05:00

The Equine Protection Registry is available to anyone who has a microchipped horse, regardless of the type or brand name of chip.  If your horse already has a microchip (from any company), you can enroll online or call at your convenience.

You MUST have the accurate chip number before you can enroll online.  When you enroll in the Registry, your microchip ID number will be verified and you will then have access to a unique Mobile Member Card and your Owner Certificate from the Equine Protection Registry.

NOTE: If your horse is not microchipped yet, you cannot enroll online.  Order your chips today or have your vet install The EquineChip.  Then come back and enroll online – or call!









The chip is invisible. How can it benefit my horse?2017-10-20T03:19:28-05:00

Microchips provide the most reliable (and cost effective!) form of instant permanent ID.  Rather than being on the outside of the horse, where ID can be removed or altered, the chip is safe and secure in the nuchal ligament.  If your horse also has a brand, the chip and the brand can work together for double protection.

The EquineChip is always there; able to be checked and verified immediately by a nationwide network of scanners in place at vet offices, rescues, brand inspectors and regulators.  When the chip number is recorded on documents, it immediately confirms… with the pass of a scanner…that the horse on the paperwork is the correct animal.  Microchip numbers can be used as proof-positive when transporting, buying, selling, breeding, competing, insuring, and protecting from disease.

You can also register your horse and the microchip in our Equine Protection Network. For over 20 years, the only microchip registry dedicated solely to horses.


Can the microchip move around or ‘migrate’ after it is injected?2016-06-03T18:07:31-05:00

No. Once properly installed, the chip will not migrate or move.  It will be there when you need it.  (A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (2003 223:1316-1319) revealed that microchips implanted in the nuchal ligament did not migrate.)

Why should I microchip my horse?2017-11-05T04:32:40-06:00

The tiny chip provides a lifetime permanent identification number for your horse.  This number is unique in the world, cannot be altered, and eliminates doubt.  Horse owners use it for many different reasons, such as:

  • Proof of ownership
  • Health certificates and medical records
  • Compliance with FEI and USEF rules
  • Compliance with USHJA rules
  • Theft protection and recovery
  • Natural disaster recovery
  • Event and Registry requirements
  • Sales documents

Provide your horse with a lifetime microchip number. Cost is minimal. The EquineChip is guaranteed for life. So, instead of asking ‘Why microchip?”…you can now say, ‘Why not!’.

How does a Microchip work?2017-10-20T03:19:28-05:00

A microchip system has two parts: a microchip and a scanner that reads it. The EquineChip™ is a tiny computer chip encased in smooth, strong biocompatible glass.

The EquineChip has an identification number programmed into it, and is small enough to fit into a hypodermic needle. The chip is quickly and easily injected, just like giving a shot. It is guaranteed to be readable for the life of the animal – the unique ID number cannot be altered.

The microchip is an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) device and operates by receiving an invisible radio wave signal from a microchip reader. When the scanner is passed over the horse’s neck, the chip sends its number back to the scanner to be displayed in the viewing window. The animal feels nothing as his chip is being read. The interaction between the chip and scanner takes less than a second, allowing you to identify your horse quickly and on demand.

After the microchip has been injected, it should be registered in the Equine Protection Registry, where information is safely stored in cases of loss, theft or natural disaster.

I have heard about iris scans being used to identify a horse. Tell me about this.2017-11-05T04:34:01-06:00

Technology that scans the eye (specifically the iris) of a horse does exist.  Iris scans are said to work because every horse has unique iris features. However, the equipment is very expensive, not widely used and provides no on-demand proof of ID or ownership unless you have an iris scanner. In order for the system to work, the eye must be scanned and entered into a database. Then, in order to verify that the horse IS the horse, another eye scan is needed to verify who he is.

The problem is one of expense. Scanners are often over $3000.00. Horse owners and vets are then left with nothing that they can use on an everyday basis for proof of ownership, health certificates or event entry.

The cost to private veterinarians and horse owners is prohibitive.  Some suggest that the lack of an invasive procedure is appealing. However, the new mini microchip is so tiny that it is less invasive than most injections and certainly very affordable at under $10.00 for a chip and a bit over $100 for a scanner.


Where is the EquineChip injected?2017-11-05T04:34:57-06:00

The standard official injection site in the USA and all around the world is as follows:
On the left side of the neck, halfway between the poll and withers, just below the crest. Scanning for a chip is fast and easy.