These notes were prepared to help you comply with the law regarding your Icelandic horse’s passport. For more detailed instructions on studbook procedures, including how to apply for a passport for your Icelandic foal, please see the Studbook “How To” Guide.
Important note regarding horse passports without “human consumption” section (medicinal treatment): Under the current law, a horse passport is only legally valid if it contains a section where the horse can be declared as “not intended for human consumption”. To cover the possibility that there might still be a few old Icelandic horse passports in circulation which do not contain this section, please check your horse’s passport to ensure that this section is present. This section should be present in all passports issued by the IHSGB or by SIHA. For modern passports issued by the IHSGB or by BÍ in Iceland which have the “Fengur” logo on the front, this section can be found on page 28 (if issued before 2009) or on page 30 (if issued in 2009-2015). If your horse’s passport does not contain this section, it is not legally valid; in that case please contact the Studbook Registrar immediately.
Note regarding SIHA passports: SIHA (Scottish Icelandic Horse Association) stopped functioning in 2009, and all old SIHA passports are now managed by the IHSGB. If your horse has an old SIHA passport, please simply follow the instructions in the Studbook “How To” Guide for registering a transfer of ownership, death etc.
A horse passport proves a horse’s identity, and helps to make sure that horses which have been treated with certain medicines don’t end up in the human food chain.
Your horse can only be treated with certain medicines if you have signed the section in your horse’s passport which declares the horse as ‘not intended for human consumption’. Therefore, if you want to make sure that your horse can always be given any medication which it may need, you may want to sign this section in advance before treatment is needed. If you are unsure, please ask your vet for further details.
The passport should accompany your horse at all times except when the horse is in a stable, grazing in a field, or being moved by foot, and the passport can be produced by you without delay. You can take your horse for short rides without bringing the passport.
More information can be found on GOV.UK at www.gov.uk/horse-passport/overview.
Change of ownership
If a change of ownership takes place, the seller must give the passport to the buyer at the time of sale. The buyer must notify the IHSGB within 30 days of the sale by sending in the passport, together with the relevant form and the appropriate fee. More information can be found in the Studbook “How To” Guide. Failure to register the transfer of ownership within 30 days of the sale is an offence under the Horse Passport Regulations 2009.
Death of a horse
If your horse dies, you must return the passport to the IHSGB within 30 days of the death of the horse. The rescinded passport can be sent back to you, marked as “Invalid”, if you request it at the same time. More information can be found in the Studbook “How To” Guide. Failure to return the passport within 30 days of the death of the horse is an offence under the Horse Passport Regulations 2009.
Change of name or address
If you change your name or permanent address, the horse passport must be forwarded to the IHSGB to be updated within 30 days of the change, together with the relevant form and the appropriate fee. More information can be found in the Studbook “How To” Guide. It is an offence to alter any entry in the passport yourself (Horse Passport Regulations 2009).
Contact details IHSGB Studbook Registrar:
Freija Glansdorp, IHSGB Studbook Registrar, Sunny Lawn, Tweentown, Cheddar, BS27 3JE. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07855248575