The Jockey Club announced today that as of 2017 they are mandating that foals be microchipped when they are registered:
Microchips are being introduced as part of the registration process for Thoroughbreds. Microchipping is voluntary and free for foals of 2016 and later. An implanted microchip will be required for the registration of foals in 2017.
For foals of 2016, microchips may be requested on the Live Foal Report and will be mailed with the Registration Application and DNA kit. The microchips that will be distributed are the “Slim Microchip T-SL” model manufactured by DATAMARS.
Microchips should be implanted by an equine veterinarian or under the supervision of a veterinarian before or at the same time the DNA hair sample is collected, markings are recorded, and photos are taken. The horse identifier should scan the microchip and record the number along with the markings when identifying the horse.
Oftentimes, it is very difficult or nearly impossible to identify an untattooed Thoroughbred. As of 2017, all foals will be microchipped. This will simplify the identification process.
At Neigh Savers, we are thrilled with this recent change.