Frequently Asked Questions
On this page you will find answers to some of the more common questions that arise. However If you are unsure about any aspect of the registration process etc, please Contact Us. See also in this section:
- Who are Leisure Horse Ireland
- Why do I need a passport for my Horse or Donkey
- New ID rules for horses have come into force (Jan 2016)
- Do I need an Equine Premises number to register a horse in Ireland
- What microchips can be used to register my horse in Ireland
- Imported equine on foreign passports must now also be registered with a PIO in Ireland
- Points to consider before registering your animal or sending off a new registration application to us
- I’m a Vet – is there anything in particular I need to do
- Equine Transfer of Ownership – how does this affect me
- How do I change the registered owner on a passport
- I’m based outside of Ireland, how do I go about getting my horse’s passport into my name
- The age stated in the passport may be wrong – what can I do
- What is a Piebald or Skewbald horse
- What is the difference between a foal and an adult horse registration
- How do I register my foal (pedigree recorded) in the Irish Piebald & Skewbald Studbook
- How do I register my adult horse (pedigree recorded) in the Irish Piebald & Skewbald Studbook
- How do I register and license my coloured stallion
- What are L.H.I. passports suitable for
- How do I obtain a Leisure Horse Ireland identification document/non-pedigree passport for my horse
- How do I obtain a duplicate passport for my horse
- How do I name my horse
- How do I register a prefix
- How do I get a passport endorsed
- Registration process fees
- Member / Bulk Registration Discounts
- Leisure Horse Ireland office hours
Why do I need a passport?
From 1st July 2009, the identification system for equidae was amended. Under EU Legislation, all equidae will have to be microchipped and have their identification document (passport) within six months of their birth. The microchip number of each animal must be recorded on its passport.
The new identification system will build on a single identification document – one passport – issued for life when the animal is born or imported. The document will be linked to the animal by their microchip, and the fact that it was issued will be recorded in a database under a Unique Equine Life Number (UELN) for the animal that will remain the constant reference even when the animal’s name is changed.
Under the EU Legislation, animals not registered within 6 months of their birth, or outside the year of birth (whichever is longer) will be permanently excluded from the food chain and The IPSA is obliged to stamp their passport ‘Not Fit for Human Consumption’. Similarly, where foals are sent to slaughter, they must have been registered for a period of at least 6 months before they are allowed to enter the food chain. Where an animal is issued a duplicate passport they will be permanently excluded from the food chain and the duplicate passport stamped to reflect this.
Passports issued by L.H.I at all times remain the property of L.H.I. Upon death or slaughter of any animal, the passport must be returned to Leisure Horse Ireland.