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Stray and Illegally Kept Horses and Ponies (Equines)

Problems Caused by Stray and Illegally Kept Equines

For a number of years it has been the practice of a minority of horse owners in this Council area to keep their animals on Council owned / controlled property without lawful permission or authority.

This results in a range of problems including direct damage to land, loss of amenities such as football pitches, planted and wooded areas being destroyed and potential injury to the public or motorists.

As a result of the problems caused by these horses and ponies, both the Council and the Police receive a considerable number of complaints from the public.

Horses on the Highway

In order to deal with the problem of loose horses on or in proximity to the highway members of the public should contact the police on the following number:

0845 113 5000

Working in partnership with the police the Council retains a bailiff who can provide a reactive impoundment. All action taken by the bailiff service will be supported by the police.

How to report problem horses and ponies

The Council encourages members of the public to report any incidents to the Council's Horse Reporting line below.

All information will be forwarded to both the enforcement agency, bailiff and the Police as appropriate.

Alternatively if you wish to report this information online please contact us using the details below.

Legal Grazing on Council Land

The council owns a number of sites within Dudley MBC which it lets for horse grazing. Grazing land is only offered on a 364 day licence agreement. There is currently a waiting list for sites. If you wish to be placed on the waiting list please complete our on-line grazing enquiry form below.

Contact Details

  • Name Grazing Section, Environmental Management
  • Address Dudley MBC, Directorate of the Urban Environment, PO Box 6729, Dudley, DY1 9JA
  • Telephone 01384 814182