Should You Need a Licence To Own or Keep a Horse or Pony?

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If You Own or keep a Horse Or Pony, Donkey or Mule Should You Need a Licence?


With the increase in fly grazing, theft, cruelty and neglect is there now a stronger case for owners and keepers of horses and ponies to be licensed?

Why ask the question?

The current passport system does not address the problems of poor animal welfare and theft. The passport system was introduced to help identify and prevent some horses and ponies from entering the human food chain; it was also intended to reduce the amount of equine theft. It goes some way to identifying the animal (compulsory photographs of the horse would help) but not the person responsible for their welfare

One suggestion is that the owner/keeper details should also include a national insurance number or driving license or passport number, thus offering proof of a person’s identity. If the registered owner is not the keeper this should also be documented with a record of who, when and where that animal was loaned to. This could be a detachable page given to the keeper while the owner retains the main passport

So is it practical for an owner/keeper license to be included as part of the current system? Would this make the owner or keeper of a horse more accountable to the authorities should the need arise?

With the increase in fly grazing around Wales is it time to licence horse and pony owners

Horses Crossing At Low Tide To Reach The Grazing

Why Have an Owner or Keeper License For All Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and Mules?



1) It could help to reduce the neglect and cruelty if the owner/keeper is easier to trace and held accountable
2) It may reduce the number of horse thefts
3) Possible reduction in the amount of poor and indiscriminate breeding
4) It may elevate the status of horses and ponies, donkeys and mules
5) Relatively simple to include in the current horse passport system
6) The current passport asks for owner details only, despite it being common practise for horses to be kept by others


Why NOT have an Owner or keepers Licence For all Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and Mules?



1) It may be too difficult to enforce
2) Owner details are currently included and yet some owners are not held accountable
3) It would add to the cost of horse ownership



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  1. think the idea is to extend the scope of the existing passport system rather than introduce another bit of expensive paperwork, problem is that folks have to be held accountable and that can only happen if responsibility of an animal is established, and yes you are right about the meat licence in some instances – this is not the only reason that this is happening across the county, not sure what proportion of horse owners and keepers are good carers, we see a lot of bad practice at sales, shows and events….personally – think the answer lies in increasing the status of the horse above what it is now…

  2. I have a mixed opinion on this as most horses r well looked after n peps will not appreciate another cost as this like passports will only effect the decent horse owner. The people who dumped there horses do not care bout passports n it will b the same wit licenses – these horses were dumped cos there so-called owners lost there meat license n couldn't sell em at market cos it would of cost them more to take em there so hence y they were dumped.

  3. Would welcome your thoughts on this subject folks, there is also a vote taking place, data is all to be added to a report being compiled , we had a mild winter this year but there was still a huge problem with fly grazing in Wales, not sure what the answer is but something does need to be done so your feedback is appreciated as are any suggestions or ideas to improve the current system.

  4. Would welcome your thoughts on this subject folks, there is also a vote taking place, data is all to be added to a report being compiled , we had a mild winter this year but there was still a huge problem with fly grazing in Wales, not sure what the answer is but something does need to be done so your feedback is appreciated as are any suggestions or ideas to improve the current system.

  5. could you follow the link and cast your vote on this? we are collecting data for a planned petition and your feedback will be invaluable…thanks so much.

  6. could you follow the link and cast your vote on this? we are collecting data for a planned petition and your feedback will be invaluable…thanks so much.

  7. iam for anything that will keep my boy safe of at least deter people from going near my boy! may be just may be we should get a gun licence for an AK or something similarthen put notices up saying…………….. horse theft is a crime! any one cought stealing my horse will be SHOT… servivors shall be SHOT again!

  8. there may be a chance that it will reduce the numbers keeping horses just "for the sake of it" with little regard to their welfare? we are undecided but curious about other opinions..

  9. I don't c a point in it simpy as the honest horse owners r the ones that will be targeted and the 'dis-honest' people will carry regardless (just like the passport fiasco)

  10. Yes

  11. With the increase in fly grazing , theft , cruelty and neglect is there now a stronger case for owners of horses and ponies to be licenced? Share your views here by voting and commenting.

  12. With the increase in fly grazing , theft , cruelty and neglect is there now a stronger case for owners of horses and ponies to be licenced? Share your views here by voting and commenting.

  13. With the increase in fly grazing , theft , cruelty and neglect is there now a stronger case for owners of horses and ponies to be licenced? Share your views here by voting and commenting.

  14. given recent publicity regarding fly grazing maybe we should implement something like they do in Ireland…

    "Under the Control of Horses Act, 1996, all local authorities (city and county councils) are responsible for the control of horses in their areas. The term "horse" under the Act covers horses, donkeys, mules and hinnies (female mules).

    In some parts of the country (particularly urban areas), there are problems with horses straying, roaming, causing danger on roads and being ridden without proper restraint by underage riders. In areas where these problems exist, your local authority can name the area a "Control Area". If you own a horse and keep your horse in a Control area, you must obtain a horse licence, issued by your local authority. Failure to have a horse licence in a Control Area can mean an on-the-spot fine or it could mean that your horse will be seized and impounded. If you own and keep a horse outside of a "Control Area", you do not need a horse licence".

  15. we agree 🙂

  16. It would be a start if Thex could make sure all horses are passsorted

  17. fair point…wonder if the old dog licence actually helped the dogs?

  18. Might sound like a good idea; but I'm sure it would get expensive and those who it would be aimed at stopping would more than likely ignore it altogether.

  19. should owners of horses and ponies need to be licenced? would it help with animal welfare?

  20. would it make any difference to the welfare of British equines? given the horror stories this week?

  21. would it make any difference?

  22. what do you think?

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