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All horses and ponies must have a passport and micro-chip identifying the animal.
Owners of foals must obtain a passport on or before 31st December of the year of birth or six months after the birth depending on which is latest.
All passport issuing organisations have been DEFRA approved; any not issued with one of these organisations is not valid.
If your horse does not have a passport, any insurance may be invalid and you may be liable to prosecution if you attempt to sell the horse. There will also be the possibility of a fine or even a month's prison sentence for those without a passport.
If a passport is unavailable, there is the possibility that drugs such as Equipalazone (bute) will be unable to be prescribed.
Further information about passports can be found on the DEFRA website.