Passports and Microchipping
Since 2004, the Horse Passport regulations have meant that owners require a passport for every horse.
New equine identification regulations means it is now mandatory for all horses, ponies and donkeys in England, Wales and Scotland to be microchipped. This will allow local authorities and the police to track the owners of abandoned, lost or stolen horses, so they can be reunited with their owners more easily. Please see the deadlines for when your equine must be microchipped by:
- England: by 1st October 2020
- Wales: by 12th February 2021
- Scotland: by 28th March 2021
Some Passport Issuing Organisations (PIOs) only require confirmation of a microchip before they will issue a passport, many still require a silhouette to be sketched by the vet. Generally, a passport with a completed silhouette is preferable as organisations/treating veterinary surgeon may wish to identify the horse without having a microchip scanner to hand and this provides an easier method.