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Livestock ID and Traceability | Horses



All horses, ponies and donkeys must have a horse passport. All owners, or if different, the keeper who has primary responsibility, must obtain a passport for each horse, pony or donkey they own.

The passport helps to:

  • Make sure horses treated with certain medicines do not end up as food for human consumption
  • Prevent the sale of a stolen horse, pony or donkey, as the passport will prove its identity

Microchipping became compulsory on July 1st 2009 and aids accurate identification as it provides a permanent link between the horse and its passport. Microchipping will also help recover and identify stolen and abandoned horses, as well assist with welfare cases.



Useful Links

Useful Links

If you require information regarding diseases, please visit the appropriate page on the Scottish Government Website:


If you require information on Animal Welfare, please visit the 'Animal Welfare' section of the Scottish Government website:


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