Animal welfare

4. Horse passports

The Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2004 require all horses, ponies, mules or donkeys to have a passport.

Owners are not allowed to sell, buy, export, slaughter for human consumption, use for the purposes of competition or breeding, a horse which does not have a passport.

Horses require a passport by the 31st December in the year of birth or by 6 months of age, whichever is the later. Owners already holding a passport should check to make sure it is fully compliant with the new legislation.

For more information, visit the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website.