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Horse Owners in full support of microchip for horses!

Current President of the VI Horse Owners Association, Mrs Karen Smith-Aaron (left) and former President, Mr Lesmore Smith (centre) were both in agreement with the inclusion of a measure to introduce identification by way of microchips in the recent signing of a MoU for the movement of horses. Photo:VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Both the current and past presidents of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners' Association were in full agreement with a new provision in the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the movement of equines, that horses could be fitted with a microchip to aid in identification during travelling.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr the Hon. Kedrick T. Pickering had related during the signing of the renewed MoU that the inclusion was a ‘forward thinking’ approach for the movement of horses and was happy about the implementation of the measure.

Horse owner, Mr Rodney Simmons said, “Having a microchip, I think, is a good idea… it’s a lot easier than trying to pull a horse’s lip down and read [the tattoo] and it’s kind of hard sometimes to do so… [letter] J could be [mistaken for letter] I…”

Mr Simmons also felt that due to the fact that horses often travelled at night, there is often need for the use of a flashlight and this is not always readily available to identify tattoos on horses. “It is really difficult [with tattoos]… the horse doesn’t even have to be keeping still, you could just scan [the microchip] and in a second you’re finished.”

He explained that the microchip was largely used for identification in the United States and was considerably better for travelling purposes. “It is easier if you can just scan them at the neck than trying to read something on the lip that is not always done right...”

He also related a recent experience he had in St Thomas that entailed some confusion about the tattoo on one of his horses stating that the mix up with the horse's tattoo and documentation made it appear as though he was trying to sneak the horse in.

Co-Owner of L&B Stables, Mrs Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge also felt the move was a good one, “I think it would be a good thing, there’s no way anyone could slip in a horse that [was not previously] there because it is a microchip and it is easier than to have to try to lift up the horse’s lip [to identify the horse].”

Meanwhile, current president of the Horse Owners Association, Mrs Karen Smith-Aaron said that her Association was committed to having the MoU work since it’s not something new but had expired. “According to Dr [Fred] Soltero,” she added, “it’s now an improved MoU so it means that we now have to work with all the horse owners to ensure that all those things that are new are implemented.”

"We are actually committed to continuing the camaraderie that we have within the Virgin Islands as we see it brings out a bigger crowd when you’re able to compete with the outer islands, so we’re looking forward to exploring the options that we now have with the MoU and actually take it a bit further because what we would like to see is that our horses are able to go to Puerto Rico and [Puerto Rico’s horses] are able to come here,” said Mrs Smith-Aaron.

As President of the VI Horse Owners Association, Mrs Smith-Aaron expressed that she was pleased that the MoU is now in place. "We were in jeopardy last year and even this year that we wouldn’t have been able to participate in the Triple Crown… because they (horses) would not have been able to come here.”

She added that horse owners can now feel comfortable that their movements would not be restricted.

10 Responses to “Horse Owners in full support of microchip for horses!”

  • CCT man (17/01/2013, 14:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    ALL my dogs have been micro-chipped!! Why for the kind of investment these horse owners make it has taken so long for them to embrace this technology thats been around for ages? Either way a great move and hope it becomes mandatory in the near future. Now what about pari-mutual betting please - then most horse racing fans will return ot the track for more than the distasteful "fashion" disasters and to see who stepping with whom......
  • taliban (17/01/2013, 16:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Micro-chipping Horses are nothing new So how is this news..
  • shot (17/01/2013, 17:44) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Well we done know dat Karen is the president in name and Lesmore still calling the shots
  • rat tail (17/01/2013, 20:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Three blnd mice
  • lord mouth (17/01/2013, 20:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh no karen is not stupid lesmore cannot call no shots he think so the other horse man they are working with her nicely
  • King James 777 (20/01/2013, 22:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm going to buy this island
  • King James 777 (20/01/2013, 22:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yes i'm that king James...and i built this world...i do not lie...i put you all in your skin..and my horses..are mine..what do i think about micro chips...well thats what the beast want's top do to you..yes ..but then he knows you would go to war..they call it the personal body chip to replace money...I own this world..and evil has taken it over..and your worried about micro chiping horses..hmm ..well soon i will buy the whole island..and you will know your people worry about the dumbest things...when in's all about your souls
  • The wizards of dumb (03/02/2013, 14:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hear ye hear ye all my subjects I ve Workeyed with ol King James for a long time . The conditioning is working and soon most will fall prey I tell to the big dectption. Predictable though considering the vanity in men's hearts and souls. Wish it wasn't true. Your tax dollars doin it. What does it profit a person to gain the whole world briefly and lose their nefesh forecer. what a shame! Don't take it is all I can say. Do you see ? Do you hear? The net has been cast for the power grabbers. So many zombies. sSo Sad Shirley. Ta ta

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