Two authorised horse grazing sites are now open in Newbiggin.
The sites at Store Farm and East Lea are now operational with 11 horses currently grazing in them.
Demand has been high for the Horse Grazing Licenses that cost £10 per week, per animal.
Northumberland County Council recently released details of a successful bailiff operation where 22 horses were uplifted and impounded, and since then, there has been an upsurge in applicants wishing to make use of the designated grazing areas and it is expected that more horses are to move onto the sites in the near future.
Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, said: “I would urge all horse owners who have animals grazing unlawfully to take up the council’s offer of grazing on the official sites.
“Those owners who continue to graze horses unlawfully face the same consequences as those affected by the bailiff operation.”
Availability and space are extremely limited and horse owners are advised to apply as soon as possible for an annual Grazing Licence.
There will be discounted rates and payments options available.
Grazing Licences will be issued on a grass-only basis and the horse owner or keeper will be responsible for providing water and any additional food as required by the animal.
Applications will only be considered for mares and geldings, as stallions will not be permitted on an authorised grazing site under any circumstances.
The routine tethering of horses is an unacceptable practice, and is discouraged by the council, therefore animals authorised to graze under licence will roam free within the confines of the paddock to which they are allocated.
The short-term securing of horses for the purposes of inspection, veterinary treatment, and farrieing is not regarded as tethering and will be permitted.