Fly Grazing

Fly Grazing

On 26 May 2015 The Control of Horses Act 2015 came into effect. The act has been welcomed by landowners, businesses and local authorities.

Fly grazing has become a large problem in most areas of the country with horses tethered up on roadsides and industrial estates getting loose and causing accidents. Horses are also being dumped on private and public land. Figures have been in the media to suggest there are around 3500 horses regularly fly grazing.

Prior to the act coming into force the eviction of Fly Grazing horses was usually done under provisions of The Animals Act 1971 and or under TORTS The Interference with Goods Act 1977. Landowners were required to keep the horses for 14 days and then sell the horses by public auction.

horse looking over a fence with a note about illegal fly grazing

Effect of the Act

Under the terms of the act Section, 7A gives Local authorities and Section 7B gives landowners the power to detain horses who are on their land without lawful authority. The landowners must report the detention to the local Police and the owner of the horse if known as per under section 7C of the Animals Act within 24 hours.

The Owners of the offending horses have 96 hours (4 days) not including a Saturday, Sunday or a bank holiday to claim their horses. They must then pay the costs of detention and transport before they can get them back. If they do not pay the horses can be disposed of straight away humane destruction, sale or given to charity.

The act only puts welfare provision on to the landowner in so much that the person detaining a horse is liable for any damage caused to it by a failure to treat it with reasonable care and supply it with adequate food and water while it is so detained.


Practical Use

The horses can be detained on site or at another safe place. The cheaper option would be to detain the horses on site and get the bailiff to serve the notice & inform the Police.

Then if the horses are not moved or claimed within the 4 days, the landowner can get the bailiff to use horse contractors to remove them straight to a charity or place of disposal.

Enforcement Bailiffs Ltd has over twenty-five years of experience in removing fly-grazing horses in the shortest possible time. Should you wish to instruct us to assist with your enforcement details can be found here.

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