All horses, ponies and donkeys must have a horse passport. All owners, or if different, the keeper who has primary responsibility, must obtain a passport for each horse, pony or donkey they own.
The passport helps to:
- Make sure horses treated with certain medicines do not end up as food for human consumption
- Prevent the sale of a stolen horse, pony or donkey, as the passport will prove its identity
Microchipping became compulsory on July 1st 2009 and aids accurate identification as it provides a permanent link between the horse and its passport. Microchipping will also help recover and identify stolen and abandoned horses, as well assist with welfare cases.