Effective 1 June, we have a new address: 34 Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1QZ
Get in Touch Menu

New powers against illegal grazing

16 November 2015

Those dealing with horses illegally abandoned on their land can now take swift action to remove them following the introduction in May of The Control of Horses Act 2015 (Act).

This Act gives landowners greater power to handle horses left ‘fly grazing’ illegally on their land which can damage land, crops and fences and have, in the past, been very difficult, time consuming and expensive for landowners to remove.

Landowners can now take illegally grazed horses to a place of safety provided they notify the local police within 24 hours of doing so. If an owner is not identified within four working days of notification, the landowner becomes the de-facto owner of the horse and can take such action as necessary, which may include re-homing or selling them.

Landowners have seen an increase in the number of horses being removed following the posting of notices, probably because owners realise how quickly they can lose the ownership of their horse if it is not removed rapidly!

We're here to help
Adam Hale BA (Hons), TEP, FALA
View profile
Adam Hale
Related services
Share this article
Resources to help

Related articles

We welcome new senior associate to our agricultural team

Agriculture & rural affairs

We are delighted to welcome senior associate Adam Hale to our agriculture & estates team this month. Adam, a specialist in agricultural law, estate planning and estate administration, joins the…


Prescriptive rights – whose land is it anyway?

Agriculture & rural affairs

For prescriptive rights to arise over land, they have to have been exercised without force, secrecy or permission of the landowner. Winterburn v Bennet In the case of Winterburn v Bennett, the…

Robin Beckley MA (Oxon)
Consultant, solicitor

Private vs common land - use it or lose it

Agriculture & rural affairs

The High Court decision in Lancashire County Council v The Secretary of State for Environment is a salutary warning to landowners of the risks of not taking steps to prevent…

Robin Beckley MA (Oxon)
Consultant, solicitor
Contact us