HORSE PASSPORT REGULATIONS THAT CAME INTO FORCE IN JULY 2009 STATE:All horses, ponies and donkeys must have a horse passport. The passport helps:•Make sure horses treated with certain medicines don’t end up as food for people•Prevent the sale of a stolen horse, pony or donkey, as the passport proves its identity.1.The animal’s rider or keeper must have the passport with them at all times when they’re with the animal, unless it’s in a stable, grazing in a field, or being moved by foot. Owners can take their animals for short rides without one.2.You (or the animal’s main keeper) may have to show the passport to a Trading Standards inspector or an animal health officer.3.Failure to comply with the regulations is punishable by a fine of up to £5,000.4.The regulations apply to all movement of horses - whether it is a personal journey of a couple of miles, or commercial transport of hundreds of miles. OHTO and PRP Rescue handle thousands of horsebox and trailer breakdowns each year, providing professional horse transport in the event that a vehicle cannot be repaired at roadside. PRP ascertains at the beginning of each incident whether any animals on board are traveling with their passports.Professional transporters are perfectly within their rights to refuse to move your animals. It is not acceptable to simply possess a passport for each horse - the usual response we get is 'well I've got it at home' - the passport must be with the animal. Imagine the response of a passport control officer at an airport if you were trying to go on holiday and you had a passport but it was 'at home'!According to our data from the past year, well over 60% of horsebox drivers are traveling without their horses passports. If you break down or have an accident and require professional transport to get your horses home please bear in mind the consequences of not having the correct documentation with the horses. See http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/cgi-bin/glos/bus1item.cgi?file=*BADV624-1001.txt for further information.