Tethering horses is not illegal in the UK.
We receive a lot of calls from residents concerned about tethered horses. In the majority of the cases, because there is no sign of suffering, unfortunately we cannot do anything.
All horse owners have a legal responsibility to make sure their horse:
- has a suitable environment to live in
- has a healthy diet
- is able to behave normally
- has appropriate company
- is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease
Welfare professionals can only intervene to help a tethered horse if the horse is actually suffering in some way.
The owner of a horse is very unlikely to be guilty of any offence if the horse is:
- in good bodily condition
- tethered so that the fittings are not causing pain or discomfort
- offered drinking water regularly (or have access to water)
- moved to fresh grazing regularly
You can also report a horse you are concerned about to Redwings on 01508 481008.
In an emergency and out of normal office hours you can contact Redwings on 07747 444704 or contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.