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Control of Horses Act 2015 comes into effect

Posted on 01st June 2017 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

A new law is now available to tackle the problem of fly-grazing in England (other, recently passed laws apply in Wales). The grazing of horses (which includes mules, asses and hinnies) on private or public land without permission has been a serious problem for land owners for some years. According to animal welfare charities it involves around 3,000 horses across the country at any one time.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Who is selling this horse anyway?

Posted on 20th March 2014 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters

The H&H has reported the latest outcome in a long running dispute over the sale of a horse which has so far apparently cost the seller over 50 times the sale price.  The case appears to have turned into a dispute about whether the apparent seller was in fact selling the horse as an agent for someone else.  A huge amount of court time has been spent deliberating about what the three protagonists – owner, seller and buyer – thought was happening. The appeal court has now sent the case back to the county court to make an objective assessment according to the laws of agency as to which were in actual fact the contracting parties.

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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What to do if a dog attacks your horse

Posted on 19th April 2012 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters, Dispute Resolution

My recent blog on Dartmoor rights of way and my article in Exmoor Magazine have attracted questions about other frequent users of these bridleways – dogs.  Thankfully, most dogs are not aggressive towards horses but there have been some very frightening incidents which appear to be on the increase.  There are laws to encourage people to keep their dogs safely under control and provide a remedy for anyone injured by a dog.  What happens if a horse is injured?

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor

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Do you need planning permission for a stable?

Posted on 19th December 2011 in Rural Property & Countryside Matters

Getting a horse for Christmas? Lucky you. Now all you need is a stable – but do you need planning permission?

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Jill Headford

Partner and Solicitor