Pain of Branding, Microchip Insertion Compared in New Study

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It is significantly more painful for a horse to be branded with a hot iron than it is to receive a microchip transponder for identification purposes, researchers concluded in a new study. They also found pain from hot branding lasts for at least one week.

There is some debate about how best to identify horses, with many supporters claiming that branding is best, sometimes citing the lack

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