Who We Support

Operation Chip

American Horse Council Foundation

Award Date: December 18, 2017
Awarded: $15,000

Horses in transition can be vulnerable to getting lost in the pipeline. Ensuring these horses have a way to be tracked and either their previous, or current, owner located is critical to ensuring they lead long, safe lives, and have the opportunity to have a second (or third or fourth) career. Additional data also suggests that the demand for chips has increased 100% each year for the past four years, and 70% of respondents surveyed by The Jockey Club agreed that the U.S. should adopt microchips as means of identification for equines.

Starting in 2018, the Unwanted Horse Council will begin to offer organizations hosting Operation Gelding clinics the opportunity to apply for free microchips to be inserted by the veterinarian at the clinic. This program will complement the educational efforts of both the American Horse Council (AHC) and the Equine Disease Communications Center (EDCC) to help the greater equine community understand the value of microchipping.