Essentially no one can sell your horse without notifying you but if your horse has escaped you will need to claim ownership within four working days.
The law (legislation) is “The Control of Horses Act 2015”. This came into force on 26 May 2015 for horses in England. The act has brought together several different laws that were quite complex. There were also many loopholes in these laws that that were exploited by less than honest horse owners. The Control of Horse Act 2015 has safeguards in place to protect responsible owners and includes the following:
- Allows land owners to remove a horse left on their land to a safe place immediately
- Police and owners of the horse must be notified by the land owner within 24 hours of the horse being removed
- If no one claims ownership of the horse in four working days, the land owner can then decide what to do with the horse (this includes selling)
- If you realise your horse is missing you should contact your local police (using their non-emergency number) so you can be reunited