The Control of Horses Act 2015 gives Local authorities and Landowners the power to instruct bailiffs to detain horses who are on their land without lawful authority.

The landowner’s bailiff must report the detention to the local Police and the owner of the horse if known, as per under section 7C of the Animals Act within 24 hours.

The Owners of the offending horses have 96 hours (4 days) not including a Saturday, Sunday or a bank holiday to claim their horses. They must then pay the costs of detention and transport before they can get them back. If they do not pay, the horses can be disposed of straight away by humane destruction, sale or given to charity.