Control of Horses Act 2015


It is now some 10 months since The Control of Horses Act 2015 came into effect. This act has been welcomed by landowners, business and local authorities. For those of us that provide specialist bailiff services in this field it has been a breath of fresh air.

10 months on from Control of Horses Act 2015

The Control of Horses Act 2015 now makes the removal and disposal of these poor animals a straight forward procedure.

National Problem

Although it is still a national problem, it does seem to be getting better. Local authorities have embraced the new legislation and clamped down on those irresponsible horse owners.

Figures have been in the media to suggest there are around 3500 horses regularly fly grazing, with some local authorities spending up to £100,000 over a 12 month period addressing the issue.

In most areas the local authority parks and estates have become more of a no go area for these people. The authorities have adopted a zero tolerance policy on this issue.

The consequence has been that the fly grazing has spread out into the country on to farmers fields and into industrial areas and estates, putting added pressure on business.

Most of the horse charities were busy before the act and now they are full to bursting point. It gets harder each day to find places for seized horses.

Control of Horses Act 2015

The Control of Horses Act 2015 gives landowners (as well as local authorities) the power to instruct bailiffs to detain horses which are on their land without lawful authority.

The owners of the offending horses have 96 hours (4 days) not including a Saturday, Sunday or a bank holiday to claim their horses. They must then pay the costs of detention and transport before they can get them back.

If they do not pay then the horses can be disposed of straight away by humane destruction, sale or given to charity.

Practical Solution

The fly grazing horses can be detained on site, or transported to a safe place to await collection.

The cheaper option is to detain the horses on site. The bailiff serves the notices at the site, deals with the irresponsible owner when / if they make contact, and informs the Police of the action being taken.

If the horses are not moved or claimed within the 4 days the bailiff arranges to use horse contractors to remove them straight to a charity or place of disposal.

We can help

Quality Bailiffs has over twenty five years of experience in removing fly grazing horses.

Read more information about our fly grazing horse eviction service.

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