IN April Thurrock Council ran a horse passport and chipping event in Tilbury which proved a huge success, and now a second event is planned.
The event was organised by the council’s trading standards team and it is continuing to check every horse in the borough has the correct paperwork – a horse passport – and is in good health.
On Wednesday, 9 July, the council, working with Redwing Horse Sanctuary and Remus Horse Sanctuary, the RSPCA and Essex Police will be holding a second passport/chipping clinic between 10am and 5pm at Mardyke Farm, Ship Lane, Aveley.
Once again the clinic will enable each horse or pony presented to be chipped, have its paperwork for the passport organised, be wormed and have a health check.
The services, which normally would cost in the region of £100 for each animal, will cost just £30 on the day and will be carried out by a qualified vet. If an animal does not require worming the cost will be just £20.
Cllr Phil Smith, Thurrock’s portfolio holder for public protection, said: “It is a legal requirement for all horses and ponies to have a passport which details its date of birth and any medicines the animal has had, as well as a pictorial sketch of the animal and details of the owner.”
The chip is a small device which is placed under the skin of the animal by a vet which contains all the details of the passport and allows any horse which is found wandering unattended to be returned to its owner.
The clinic is part of a project Thurrock Council is leading to enforce the Horse Passport regulations.
An animal without the appropriate passport can leave the owner liable to a fine of up to £5,000 per horse.
Cllr Smith added: “April’s event in Tilbury saw 52 animals presented and 48 of those were in need of a passport and chipping.
“It is important that we know these animals are properly cared for and these clinics seem to be a popular and successful way of doing it.
“I would urge all horse owners – especially those who are unsure whether they comply with the law – to come along and find out what needs to be done – it can be done there and then and at minimal cost.”
Horse owners and people who are considering owning a horse can contact Thurrock Council’s trading standards team on 01375 652477 for more information on the legislation and the responsibilities of owning a horse.
Further events of this kind are being planned, together with clinics which deal with the indiscriminate breeding of horses and ponies which is also a concern for welfare agencies, Council and consumers alike.