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Horses

Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture ('DEFA') Agriculture has some involvement with horses/ponies on the Island:

Import Controls – An import licence is required for horses travelling to the Isle of Man together with a self-declaration that the wagon has been thoroughly cleansed and disinfected prior to transporting the horse(s). To apply for an import licence please fill out the Self-certified Horse Import Licence online form.

Horse Passports - at present, the Isle of Man has no requirement for horse passports. However, under the UK legislation - 'Horse Passports (England) Regulations 2004' - all equines (ponies, donkeys and other equidae) in the UK must be passported. This becomes important if you are planning to travel an equine to the UK. Please see Export of Horse from the Isle of Man for your options.

Riding Establishments on the Island must be licensed. Please see Riding Establishments General Conditions for further information. A list of approved establishments is also available.  

Strangles - For further information see our Strangles webpage

For further information on import controls and riding establishments, please contact Agriculture@gov.im

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