Not sure about horse passports? Here a re a few handy hints:
- A horse may not be transported without his passport – this includes travelling to shows or even a few miles for a hack. Movement ‘on foot’ is fine. Anyone without a passport has three hours to produce it!
- Owners of horses without passports face a fine
- It’s a legal requirement to return your passport to the Passport Issuing Organisation (PIO) when your horse dies. They may return it, overstamped, for a fee
- A passport is not proof of ownership – if you’re buying a horse, make sure you verify ownership yourself and get a receipt
- All horses requiring a passport after 1 July 2009 need to have a microchip implanted by a qualified vet. This applies to foals and to adult horses who need a new passport
- If you buy a horse you have only 30 days to register yourself as the new owner, or face prosecution
- Livery or other yard owners will need to make arrangements with horse owners for passports to be available within the three-hour time limit in the event of an inspection
- Your horse's passport also states whether your animal can be used for food at the end of its life. You can declare that your animal isn’t intended for human consumption by filling in the appropriate section of the passport. This can’t be changed later.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/horse-passport/overview