Horses must be microchipped by February 12

Horse keepers and owners in Wales are being reminded that it’s their legal duty to ensure their horses are microchipped ahead of the fast-approaching deadline of Friday, February 12.

Horses are required to be microchipped to prevent abuse and improve welfare. The Central Equine Database allows local authorities and police to track down the owners of dumped horses and make sure they are punished and the animals are given the care they deserve. It will also mean lost or stolen horses will be reunited with their owners more easily.

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All registered horse keepers in Wales will have received a communications pack at the end of November notifying them of their legal duty to microchip their horses.

If you are an owner or keeper and you still haven’t had your horse microchipped, you will need to:

• Book a vet appointment
• Contact your PIO to update your horse’s passport

You can view a list of FAQ’s by clicking here.

For more information on this visit the Welsh Government website or you can email

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