Horse Fly Grazing


Control of Horses Act 2015

26 May 2015 The Control of Horses Act 2015 came into effect. The act has been welcomed by landowners, businesses and local authorities.

Fly grazing has become a large problem in most areas of the country with horses tethered up on roadsides and industrial estates. They too often are getting loose and causing accidents.

Horses are being dumped on private and public land. Figures have been in the media that suggest there are around 3500 horses regularly fly grazing.

Prior to the act coming into force the eviction of Fly Grazing horses was usually done under provisions of The Animals Act 1971 and or under TORTS The Interference with Goods Act 1977.

The procedure took time and required Landowners to keep the horses for 14 days, after which they could then sell the horses by public auction.

Horse Eviction

Effect of the Act

The 2015 act gives landowners the power to detain horses which are on their land without lawful authority.

  • Section 7A Local Authorities
  • Section 7B Private Landowners

The landowner must report the detention to the local Police and the owner of the horse if known as per under section 7C of the Animals Act within 24 hours of detention.

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 make contact or do not pay the costs then the horses can be disposed of straight away - humane destruction, sale or given to charity.

The act only puts welfare provision on to the landowner in so much that the person detaining a horse is liable for any damage caused to it by a failure to treat it with reasonable care and supply it with adequate food and water while it is so detained.

Practical Use

The landowner has the option to detain the horses on site or at another safe place.

The cheaper option is to detain the horses on site by having the bailiff serve the notice at the site and then inform the Police.

Then if the horses are not moved or claimed within the 4 days the landowner can request the bailiff to use horse contractors to remove the horses 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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