Methods of Identification

Advantages:

  • Equimark Identification App is available to assist in completing ID forms. These forms are digitally stored
  • Physical Characteristics are easily identifiable.
  • ID forms are required for the majority of equine passports.
  • Not invasive
  • Oldest and most common form of horse identification.
Disadvantages:
  • Paper wastage
  • Time Consuming
  • Standard reference format is required
  • Accuracy influenced by environmental factors
Advantages:

  • Are easily read with a scanner.
  • Once implanted not easily removed or altered.
  • Has no effect on the appearance of the horse.
Disadvantages:
  • Costly and qualified person required to implant
  • Invasive procedure required to implant chip.
  • Microchips can migrate within the body.
  • Microchip manufactures need to insure that no microchip numbers are duplicated.
  • Special apparatus required to scan.
  • Readings must be done up close.
  • Invasive procedure required to implant chip.
Advantages:

  • Unique to each horse.
  • Permanent in shape or size.
  • Is rarely missing or vestigial and this must be noted.
Disadvantages:
  • Chestnuts can be altered.
  • Photography and analysis of chestnuts requires skill and special equipment.
Advantages:

  • If the angle marking system is used it can not be altered or removed.
  • Easily identified from a distance.
  • Low cost
  • It is not traumatic or painful for the horse.
Disadvantages:
  • Controlled system required to be nationally acceptable.
  • May not be accepted in certain disciplines.
  • May fade with time.
Advantages:

  • None
Disadvantages:
  • Painful and stressful.
  • Unsightly.
  • Not applicable to a national identification system.
Advantages:

  • Often required confirming qualification for competition.
Disadvantages
  • Fades.
  • May be removed.
  • Not required by registries.
  • Invasive.
Advantages:

  • Precise and accurate for life.
  • Less painful with minimal stress.
Disadvantages:
  • Parental DNA required to confirm that horse.
  • Costly.
  • Time consuming.
Advantages:

  • Precise to each individual
Disadvantages:
  • Highly developed camera required to capture the image of each eye