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Equine owners urged to microchip horses ahead of the 1 October deadline

​​​​​​​​​​​​All equines in England – including horses, ponies and donkeys – must be microchipped by law before 1 October 2020.  
You could face prosecution and a fine if your equine is not microchipped by 1 October 2020.  
If your equine has already been microchipped, make sure its details are correctly recorded on the Central Equine Database, by accessing the online Digital Stable at  

Remember microchipping has a number of benefits, both to equines and their owners. It greatly increases the chances of a horse being reunited with their owner if it is lost or stolen. It will also improve traceability, to ensure better control over any disease outbreaks. It is also a permanent link between your equine and its paper passport.

Further information can be found at