Since the Horse Passport law was enforced in 2004, all horses in the Great Britain must be issued with a passport and be entered on the National Equine Database.
Penalties for not holding a passport include a statutory maximum fine of £5,000 per offence or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months - or both.
As from 1 August 2009, it is now a requirement that the passport must either (a) accompany the horse when it is being moved or (b) make arrangements that the passport can be made available within three hours if inspection of the document is required by Local Authority enforcement officials. If the passport is not accompanying the horse, the person/s travelling the horse will need to ensure that arrangements are in place to ensure the passport can be made available within three hours. The person/s transporting the horse needs to be satisfied that the horse being transported matches the details that appear in its passport.
Last updated: 25/06/2010