Updated Guidance from DEFRA Covering Horse Transport December 2020

10 Dec, 2020

Updated Guidance from DEFRA Covering Horse Transport December 2020

What do you need to consider before arranging transport for your equine? Be aware of updated DEFRA Livestock and Horse Transport Regulations.

Local Horse Help has an array of Horse Transporters listing their services with us so that owners can find service providers in their locality or that operate nationally across the UK.

If you are charged a fee over and above the cost of petrol to transport your horse the transporter is operating a commercial business and must therefore abide by the regulations laid out by DEFRAThese regulations have been updated during December 2020 and the current versions are linked, for your reference.

For further guidance and information surrounding the legislation governing the Transportation of Animals please refer to the DEFRA document here.

Specific requirements for the transport of horses 

• Horses must be transported in single partitions on journeys longer than 8 hours, or when transported in a vehicle on a roll-on roll-off ferry (other than a mare and foal)

• A minimum space above the withers must be given

• Unbroken ponies may not be transported in groups of more than four and
cannot be transported on journeys longer than 8 hours by road

• Foals under 4 months must have appropriate bedding and (unless with their mother) may not be transported for longer than 8 hours by road

Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/915863/council-reg1-2005.pdf

There are also new rules regarding international transport that come into force on 1st January 2021. Current information is here.


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  1. It’s brilliant to finally see that a web based Equine service provider is actually taking our business as professionals seriously and looking out for their customers’ welfare.

  2. Thanks Magnum. Here at Local Horse Help we aim to champion the professional service providers who operate within the confines of the law and who prioritise the welfare of the horses and maintain high customer service standards. We also want to enable horse owners to make more informed choices when choosing equine services.

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