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What to do with an abandoned horse ?

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What to do with an abandoned horse ?

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Abandonment and Fly-grazing

Link = http://www.redwings.org.uk/welfare-hors ... onment.php

Fly-grazing and abandonment are currently grey areas as there is no case law to go on. Legislation regarding the fly-grazing of horses and abandonment is currently under review. This article is designed to be a helpful guide to anyone who finds an abandoned equine but please remember that we are not lawyers and this is not comprehensive legal advice! Also please bear in mind that most abandonment and fly-grazing cases are currently a civil matter and are not under the jurisdiction of welfare charities.

Please seek legal advice from a professional, as every case is different and may require you to take different actions to what is outlined here.

Reports of horses being abandoned at livery yards or on other people’s land, as well as being fly-grazed on private or council land have increased. In 2012, over 700 horses were reported to Redwings as abandoned and in 2013 that number rose to 806.

The link to the article above covers the following areas -

Prevention Tips for Landowners
Prevention tips for Livery Yard owners
Steps to take if you find a horse on your land
If an owner comes forward
If an owner DOES NOT come forward
Straying on Roads

Ask a vet to scan the horse for a microchip. If the horse has one, contact your local authority as well as microchipping companies such as Petlog, Avid, Petprotect, or Anibase.

If you can get close enough to the horse safely, look to see if the he has a freezemark. If it does, make a note of the mark and contact Farmkey on 0870 870 7107 or Freezemark Ltd on 01295 690090.

Check www.stolenhorseregister.com and www.ukhorsewatch.org.uk for horses that have been stolen.

Also contact your local horsewatch group and let them know

Check on here, Tracing Equines, to see if any horses have been posted about that match the description of the ones found
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