Registration and Passports
All horse owners need to obtain a passport for each horse they own. This includes ponies, donkeys and other equidae. Horses cannot be moved without their passports except in special circumstances e.g. where owners take their horse on a short hack/ride. You can get an application form for a horse passport from an authorised ‘Passport Issuing Organisation’ (PIO). The passport will not be valid if it is issued by an unauthorised organisation. Most PIOs are recognised breed societies and may only issue passports for a particular breed of horse. See the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website for a list of approved PIOs and their contact details.
You will need to complete a passport application for each horse you own.
Identification & Microchips
Foals and horses identified after 31 July 2009 must be implanted with a microchip prior to passport applications being made for them. For foals, all applications must be submitted by the end of the year of their birth or within six months of birth, whichever is later.
One of the purposes of horse passports is to record all medicines that each horse receives. It is therefore essential that the passport is available whenever your vet treats your horse so they can record the medicines given.
For more information on horses and other equines please visit The National Equine Welfare Council website where you can find latest edition of the Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium:
Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium for Horses, Ponies and Donkeys