Horses fly grazing in Leicester and Leicestershire in general is a big problem. Leicestershire council spend thousands of pounds each year dealing with the problem.
A landowner ends up with the responsibility of dealing with these horses despite it not being their fault, and can even be fined for neglect in some severe cases if they ignore it.
The British Horse Society provide guidance on this subject if you want to remove these horses yourself; however it can become very complicated. If you go down this route you will need to:
Alternatively you can use a professional equine bailiff company who will manage the whole process for you legally, already have suitable rehoming arrangements in place, and who have experience in dealing with these matters.
On the British Horse Society web site, they explain YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
What is essential however either way is a risk assessment visit carried out by a Horse Bailiff, and if the horses are being moved a welfare check by a suitably experienced person.
A building development in Leicestershire had found 2 horses dumped on their land. The council could not help them, or the RSPCA, so they were referred by their land agent to Quality Bailiffs Horse Bailiffs Division.
Once instructed Quality Bailiffs Leicester Horse Bailiffs attend and conducted both a horse welfare check and a risk assessment.
As one of the horses was in a bad way the team arranged for an immediate removal and they were moved to safe livery within 2 hours of their visit.
The RSPCA were informed due the cruelty issue. No one came forward to claim the horses, so once they were fit enough they were rehomed.
Once horses are dumped or simply fly grazed on your land you become responsible so act fast and call the Quality Bailiffs for help.
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