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SJ24

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SJ24 says:

Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

Can anyone help me, I would like to know what is best freeze-marking or microchipping? and how much does it cost?

 

Thanks

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Smithy14

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Smithy14 says:

Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

Hi

I would chose freezmarking as it is visable. I had my horse done in may this year, it cost me £55.95 plus £10 yearly membership you can get it cheaper if more than one horse done. I used farmkey and they were fantastic and it is also a weight off my mind knowing he is done and i'm a member of farmkey who will work hard to find him if he ever did get stolen.

 

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Fenris

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Fenris says:

Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

All my nags are microchipped. It cost me about £8 or £9 pounds per horse, but obviously some places might be more expensive.

 

A downside is that chips are not visible like freezemarking, so you might need to put up a sign. However, microchips are damn near impossible to remove if they are correctly positioned. Obviously freezemarking is permanent too, but I did read about a horse once that had their freezemark cut out of their hide by some really twisted thieves :/

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kirstyndshaky

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Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

depends, mine is microchipped, but it was the freezemarking company that told me not 2 freezemark him, with him being grey it wouldnt be easily seen, and thats the main attraction of freezemarking so we didnt feel there was any point!

 

Microchipping isnt expensive, our vet did it when she was out for vaccinations anyway so there was no callout, its a really quick and easy procedure, shaky bled a bit afterwards (completely normal), but it looked worse than it was!!

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classicalfan

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classicalfan says:

Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

Hi, I would micro-chip every time.  Have seen horses literally on their knees with the pain of freezemarking, especially when it was done on the whither. 

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Smithy14

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Smithy14 says:

Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

Although it causes slight discomfort i wouldnt say it was very painful as to were you wouldnt get it done its only a slight moments discomfort and then it numbs the area my horse hardly batted an eyelid and it was soon forgotten about once it was over it is well worth doing. The recovery rate of freemarked horses is fantastic, farmkey offer up to £5000 reward for finding your horse if stolen and also pay to transport it back to you they also contact all everyone around the uk to let them know to look out for you horse, if it was so bad then it would be banned and the ILPH and redwings etc... wouldnt have there horses done. Its well worth looking into.

As for the horses being on there knees i think this is more shock as i've known donkeys do this when you put the clippers on there backs as its a shock to them nothing painful.

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emnirah

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emnirah says:

Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

My horse is microchipped but as soon as I can afford it, Im having him freese marked.

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appycob

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appycob says:

Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

Shadow is microchipped and freezemarked. Microchip was £17 when the vet done his vaccinations and the freezemark was done by Freezemark and cost £46 'cos we had 3 horses done on the same day. Its £12 a year membership. The first year is included in the cost of marking. He's iron grey and it stands out really well, when he goes lighter they will come back and redo him so there's no hair growth for free. When he was done, he really played up and the other 2 horses, but I dont think it was anything to do with pain as we had a terrific thunderstorm right above us !!!! My previous horses that I've had done have always been really good. All the horses that have been done on our yard have been quiet, so I blame the weather for the 3 of them to have played up. Also we had them done on the shoulder, although my last pony was on his wither and he stood quietly.

 

 

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KatinaN

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KatinaN says:

Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

both of mine are microchipped and my mare was freezemarked before i got her and ive just had my gelding done, very simple and easy procedure and he wasnt bothered about it at all, its only a slight bit of pain, like when you brand cows :)

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blueneonrainbow

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Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

I'd have thought freeze marking would be more of a deterrant to thieves. If you can afford it why not get both done for complete peace of mind?

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Endurance Arabians

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Re: Freeze marking or Micro-Chipping?

All mine are Freeze Marked and Micro Chipped my greys are freeze marked on there shoulders as its stands out better (it leaves the skin slitly rissen so you can feel it) all the others are freeze marked on there backs under the saddle area where they are all chipped in the neck. Frezze marking cost me 55.95, micro chip was 10pounds

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