Horse owners urged to become familiarised with passport legislation

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Equine insurance customers have been urged to try and familiarise themselves with relevant passport legislation by the National Pony Society (NPS).

The issue came to light after it was found a show horse, which had been sold on to a breeder, has two different passports in two names. It had been renamed upon being bought and so a second passport was purchased.

Breeder Shelly Pritchard told Horse and Hound she had been unaware that applying for a second passport was against legislation and had only had it done as the equine was not microchipped.

NPS chief executive Peter Durrant added: "We would only change the name with the agreement of all parties. Owners have a responsibility to understand passport legislation."

Last week, research conducted by NFU Mutual, the British Horse Society and PRP Equine Rescue Services found that 64 per cent of horseboxes are over-laden and nearly a third of all drivers weren't aware of what the legal tread for tyres should be.

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