Horses tethered on land
Like other neighbouring authorities, there are areas of Hull where horses have been tethered to graze. The land used for this practice can be council land or privately owned land.
Horses that are tethered on playing fields, near highways or on public amenity land can cause a nuisance as people may feel threatened by the presence of the horses or the horses near highways can pose a risk of causing traffic accidents.
If complaints are received about the location of a tethered horse, officers will assess whether there is a risk to the public. If it is felt that a risk does exist, attempts will be made to identify the owner of the horse. The council and RSPCA, along with a number of horse welfare charities have recently microchipped approximately 50 horses in Hull, in an attempt to make the identification process easier. If an owner is identified they will be asked to remove their horse. If an owner is not found, or an owner refuses to remove their horse, The council will take enforcement action to remove horses from council owned land and charges will be made to the owner of the horse.
Horses that are tethered on private land can cause a nuisance as people may feel threatened by the presence of the horses or the horses near highways can pose a risk of traffic accidents. If complaints are received about the location of a tethered horse on private land, the council will contact the owner of the land to inform them of the complaint. If the horse is not removed, the council may visit to assess the severity of the complaint and if the complaint is justified and the horse is posing a risk to health, enforcement action may be taken on the owner of the horse or the owner of the land to remove the horse.
Outside the Hull City Council boundary
Horses that are tethered on land outside the Hull City Council boundary should be reported to our neighbouring authority, East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 01482 887 700.
If a horse is un-tethered, there is a greater risk that the horse could cause damage to persons or property, or cause a road accident. Please report any sightings of untethered horses to the police on the non emergency number 101 or if on council property, to Hull City Council on 300 300.
Concerns over the welfare of a horse
Animal welfare concerns should be reported to the local authority for investigation in the first instance. The local authority work alongside agencies such as the RSPCA, Horse and Pony Protection Association and World Horse Welfare to ensure that any animals within our local authority area do not suffer and that their welfare is protected.
Reports of animal welfare concerns are investigated by the animal welfare team. The animal welfare team consider the conditions that the animal is being kept in with reference to the Animal Welfare Act 2006. In addition guidance is taken from the DEFRA code of practice for the welfare of horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids. More information can be found below -
Find out more about animal welfare (link opens in a new window)
Find out what the Animal Welfare Act 2006 includes (link opens in a new window)
Learn about the code of practice for many animals (link opens in a new window)
Find out how you can support World Horse Welfare (link opens in a new window)
If the animal warden has concerns over the welfare of the horse, they will contact the owner of the horse and advise that action is required to improve the care for the horse. If the welfare of the animal is a breach of the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act enforcement action will be taken against the owner and actions will be taken to improve the care for the horse. If an owner of the horse cannot be found, action will be taken by either the local authority or partner agencies to improve the care for the horse.
Horse microchipping and passports
The Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2004 required all owners to obtain a passport for each horse they own. The introduction of the Horse Passports Regulations 2009 strengthens the current scheme, and introduces compulsory microchipping for foals and horses not previously identified. Further information on the horse passport controls are detailed below -
Learn about the importance of a horse passport (link opens in a new window)
Nuisance complaints regarding horses
If you have a complaint about a horse and rider due it causing a nuisance from noise, accumulations of faeces etc. the Environmental Regulation team at the council can investigate and take action if the issue can be classed as causing a nuisance. To report this you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone us on 01482 300 300.