The following pieces of legislation are just some of the acts and regulations horse and donkey owners must abide by. There are also local council bye-laws that apply to horse owners. Please contact your local county/city council for this information.
The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 consolidates and amends earlier legislation relating to the health, welfare, protection and identification of animals.
An Act to provide for the control of horses and to make provision for the licensing of horses in urban and other areas where horses cause a danger to persons or property or nuisance and to amend certain other enactments relating to animals and to provide for related matters.
These Regulations provide for the registration of land and premises where equidae are kept and maintenance of records regarding such places.
These regulations provide for new horse owners to register the change of ownership with the Passport Issuing bodies.
These regulations transpose Commission Implementing Regulation 262/2016 as regards the identification of equidae, into national legislation.
Made under Section 6 of the Casual Trading Act 1995 and Section 199 of the Local Government Act 2001 and came into effect on 15th February 2013
The purpose of the new bye-laws is to ensure the orderly running and management of the horse fair at Smithfield, the safety of all persons attending and the welfare of animals.