European Union (Identification of Equidae) Regulations 2015
"If you are living in a designated control area, you need a licence in order to have a horse. A licence normally lasts for a year. The local authority keeps a publicly available register of all licences issued."
"If you wish to ride your horse on a public road, you may do so provided that the horse has a licence, is fitted with a bridle and is under the control of someone over 16 years of age."View full article →
The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 consolidates and amends earlier legislation relating to the health, welfare, protection and identification of animals.View full article →
These regulations transpose Commission Implementing Regulation 262/2016 as regards the identification of equidae, into national legislation.
A person who keeps an unidentified equine commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a Class A fine (up to €5,000).
View a list of FAQs prepared by the Department of Agriculture.
More information from the Department of Agriculture on equine identification.
These regulations provide for new horse owners to register the change of ownership with the Passport Issuing bodies.