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Information and guidance about Equine Identification Documents (Horse Passports) and fly grazing


Woman on Horse

EU regulations introduced from 1st July 2009 list a number Horse Passport rules.

  • All owners applying for a first time passport for equines will need a micro-chip
  • Only owners can apply for a passport
  • Micro-chips must only be inserted by a Veterinary Surgeon
  • Passports must accompany equines on all movements and be available for inspection at all times
  • All equines prescribed medicines not authorised for food producing animals including BUTE (Phenylbutazone) must be signed out of the human food chain
  • In the absence of a valid passport, veterinary surgeons are limited to only administer/prescribe drugs that are authorised for food producing animals


In addition:

  • Owners or keepers responsible for the horse must produce the passport without delay in the event of an inspection
  • Equines being issued with a first passport outside the deadline dates will be excluded from the food chain
  • When a horse dies the owner must return the passport to the issuing body within 30 days of its death


Fly grazing

Fly grazing is the term that has been adopted to describe actions by irresponsible horse owners who intentionally or negligently permit their horses to graze on land where they do not have the consent of the landowner.

The Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014 gives Shared Regulatory Services the powers to seize and impound horses and ponies which are found fly grazing, straying or abandoned.

Report Fly Grazing, Abandoned or Stray Horses

If you are affected by fly grazing, abandoned or stray horses and ponies in your community or on your land, please contact Shared Regulatory Services:

  • Contact SRS
  • Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4RU