New Equine Identification Regulations 2019 – What you need to know
Whilst there are various changes with the new regs here is what our members need to know:
All horses from 6 months of age or the 31st December (which ever comes first) must be micro chipped passported.
All horses born before 2009, Could previously have a passport without being micrcochipped. This is no longer compliant and owners have until February 2020 to have the horse microchipped and the chip registered.
All microchips are to be registered.
Any horse purchased must have a microchip (unless born before 2009 and current date not after 12th Feb 2020) and a passport.
Any horse purchased must have passport and microchip updated within 30 days. (photograph passport for proof before you send to passport agency and send recorded delivery)
A RECIEPT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE
If you fail to comply a local authority officer may issue you a non - compliance notice – this will detail what action you need to take to become compliant and in a time scale. Should you choose not to follow this you will be prosecuted for non -compliance.
Most local authorities in South Wales are taking the attitude that if they receive a complaint of any nature that leads to investigating a horse, compliance will be checked and addressed. However, local government may decide to carry out inspections aimed at clubs, events, dealers, and breeders etc to check compliance.