There are thought to be in excess of 25,000 equines in Surrey. Multiply this number by the average grazing requirement for each one of 1.5 acres and the amount of land used as pasture for horses or donkeys, and its effect on the countryside, is highly visible.
With the pressure for development in green areas, horse-keepers now have an increasingly important role in managing their pastures, not only for the well-being of their animals, but also for the benefit of the landscape, environment and wildlife. Problems associated with horse pastures are not only experienced in Surrey - they are evident in many areas of the country. The advice leaflets attached below should therefore be of interest to horse-keepers both within and beyond the county of Surrey.
The British Horse Society also issue leaflets on horse welfare and care.
Files available to download
- Horse care - Trees and hedges advice note (001) (254.4 KB)
Guide for horse and pony owners about the negative effects that their animals can have on trees and hedge that are essential to the quality of Surrey’s landscape and nature conservation.
- Horse care - Fencing advice note (002) (176.6 KB)
Guidance on fences that are suitable for horses and ponies and the landscapes in which they are kept.
- Horse care - Grassland management Advice Note (003) (193.9 KB)
Basic guide for horse and pony keepers on their grassland management.
- Horse care - Water regulations advice note (004) (232.7 KB)
Guidance encouraging landowners to consider the management of their water supply for their horses and ponies to ensure it is clean and delivered from a reliable plumbing system that meets water regulations.
- Horse care - Exercise area and exercise equipment advice note (005) (305.4 KB)
Guide encouraging the owners of arenas and other exercise equipment to think of the impact that these may have on the landscape.
- Horse care - Stables and buildings advice note (006) (293.9 KB)
Guidelines on stable design, materials and construction, and a brief outline about the impact such structures have on Surrey’s landscape.
- Horse care - Manure storage and disposal advice note (007) (664.8 KB)
Basic advice on how to safely store and dispose of manure to meet environmental regulations.
- Horse care - Gateways advice note (008) (165.1 KB)
Guide for horse and pony keepers about ways in which they can reduce damage to frequently trodden areas immediately surrounding field gateways.
- Horse care - Worming advice note (009) (334.4 KB)
Information on types of worm and a strategy on how and when to worm your horse or pony.
- Horse care - Poisonous plants advice note (010) (653.1 KB)
Advice for Surrey’s horse and pony owners about some of the most commonly found poisonous plants in the County, how to deal with them safely and where to find further information.
- Horse care - Feed and bedding advice note (011) (157.7 KB)
Information about the nutritional feed value horses and ponies can gain from forage. It also describes the environmental and practical qualities of different bedding materials that can be used within stables.
- Horse care - Grazing advice note (013) (657.0 KB)
Landowners and tenants, to explain the significance of having an agreement that defines the conditions surrounding the letting of land.