More horses are idenitified in micro-chipping sessions

A second session of horse micro-chipping and passporting took place this week to assist with efforts to control the number of loose and tethered horses in south east Northumberland.

The session, organised by vet Sally Booth was supported by the RSPCA, the British Horse Society and Northumberland County Council’s Animal Welfare team.

Owners who brought their horses to Lynemouth on Tuesday were offered half price microchipping and passporting at just £20, with the council providing the microchips.

A horse castration service was also available.

This follows an earlier session last month in North Seaton when 50 horses were micro-chipped and pass ported and 15 castrated.

Sally Booth, senior equine vet at Morpeth veterinary practice Robson and Prescott, said: “Organising these days has been worthwhile with good attendance at each session.

“The problem of loose horses has escalated in some areas and in conjunction with the BHS and council we are trying to address this problem.’’

Over recent years the number of horses in south east Northumberland grazing without permission, either tethered or loose, on council land, public open space and road verges has increased significantly.

The council is taking a proactive approach to the problem, following complaints from residents about loose and tethered horses.

Recently a new environmental enforcement officer, Jim Gardiner, was appointed.

He will seek to identify the owners of the horses and talk to them about finding alternative places for their animals to graze.

Owners will be given some time to find suitable places for their horses to go before being required to remove them from the council’s land.

Once the owners are identified, if they don’t remove the horses within a reasonable timescale then the council will take enforcement action and bring in bailiffs to remove the horses.