Like humans horses have passports. You identify a horse is by looking at its sex, colour, markings and microchip; all of which are recorded in the passport on what we call a ‘sketch’. Another key bit information found in a horses passport is its vaccination record which is particularly important given the recent outbreaks of equine influenza virus.
So what does a passport look like?
The image to the left is a photo of the front cover of an equine passport. Passports vary in colour and size depending on the breed of the horse; this passport is for a Welsh Cob and has been issued by the Welsh Pony & Cob society.
What will you find inside a passport?
Sketch of the horses markings
Written explanation of the markings present
The photo above illustrates the specific markings of an individual horse
Head markings: large star and extending blaze involving left nostril. Flesh mark on upper and lower lip
Forelegs and hooves:
Left / nearside: white too three quarter cannon & white hoof.
Right. offside: white to knee and white hoof
Hindlimb & hooves
Left/ nearside: white too three quarter cannot. White hoof
Right/ offside: white too three quarter cannot & white hoof
Body: white line under belly.
The primary course of vaccinations consists of three vaccinations and then horses require a yearly booster. Recently, some horses have been having 6 monthly vaccination if they are travelling to shows/ competitions to reduce the risk of contacting equine influenza.