Horse Passports & Studbooks

Horse Passports/Identification Documents

All horses, ponies and donkeys with very few exceptions, must have a passport whether they travel or not. The purpose of a Horse Passport/Identification Document is mainly to ensure that horses containing substances not permitted in food producing animals are kept out of the food chain.

Passports also help to properly identify a horse, since all passports issued since 2009 will be issued to horses which also have a microchip implanted. Passports could also help identify and protect horses, by giving information about how to contact the owner and managing horse movements in the event of a disease outbreak.

A horse passport lasts for the lifetime of the horse and will be issued by one of two types of passport issuing organisation (PIO) approved by Defra. The two types are Studbook PIOs, which issue passports for registered horses with a proven pedigree, and ID Only PIOs which issue passports for all other types of horse.

> For a list of PIOs see Defra's wesite: www.gov.uk/horse-passport/overview

You could be fined up to £5000 if you don't have a valid passport for your horse

All horse passport information will be held on the Central Equine Database from 2018 

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