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Horse in neighbours back garden -illegal?

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riverrock Thu 01-Sep-11 00:58:26

Well just as the title says, this can not be legal right?

pickgo Thu 01-Sep-11 01:16:26

Don't think it's illegal, afterall many people kept a horse in stables next to their houses not that long ago.

What's the problem? Is the horse a bad 'nayhhhhh' bour? <geddit?>

midlandsmumof4 Thu 01-Sep-11 01:20:58

Makes a change from the usual pet grin. Seriously though, it depends on what it's doing there I suppose?

MitchiestInge Thu 01-Sep-11 01:21:03

depends, if someone is grazing it there without your neighbour's permission that's not legal

or if your neighbour has stolen the horse that's definitely illegal

is it a nice horse?

midlandsmumof4 Thu 01-Sep-11 01:22:16

Pickgo-love it, very clever.....

midlandsmumof4 Thu 01-Sep-11 01:31:39

If the garden is huge.....there shouldn't be a problem. There's a minimum requirement depending on the size of the horse.

pickgo Thu 01-Sep-11 01:32:09

blush ..... I can only say it is past my bedtime really.

ZacharyQuack Thu 01-Sep-11 01:37:44

I'd be tempted to climb over the fence with a shovel.

My kids would love a horse to live over the garden fence.

InTheNightKitchen Thu 01-Sep-11 01:54:51

This is why I am opposed to human rights culture and membership of the EU.

CheshireDing Thu 01-Sep-11 02:22:55

Depends what the title deeds to the land/property say. Sometimes you cannot even keep chickens/pigs etc.

I presume you like in the countryside though and it's a big field so to be expected. Obviously if its a new build estate in Birmingham it's probably not appropriate (but would be damn funny)

izzywhizzyletsgetbusy Thu 01-Sep-11 02:25:42

Your neighbours are cultivating heroin in their back yard? shock

Do you live in Afghanistan?

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 01-Sep-11 02:25:45

Very very offensive video so don't click if you don't like swearing

NorksAreMessy Thu 01-Sep-11 07:15:23

Is it building a 'gym'?

Bellavita Thu 01-Sep-11 07:17:22

<<canters onto the thread>>

I love horses.

PerryCombover Thu 01-Sep-11 07:18:49

Ooo it's like something from the Bunty

Is there a really good untrained girl gymnast on the estate also?

PorkChopSter Thu 01-Sep-11 07:33:15

Oooooh it's my childhood fantasy come true shock envy Are they riding it on the school run?

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 01-Sep-11 07:37:22

YANBU There's a horse in the garden of a house that backs onto my office. It's got a little stable/shed to stand in but the small suburban garden is now churned up so there's no grass. Have often wondered if it's legal.

randomness Thu 01-Sep-11 07:37:46

Reminds me of the bit in the Commitments:
'you're not gonna take that horse in the lift are you?'
'I have to, the stairs'd kill 'im'

(not suggesting you live in a Belfast tenement OP, btw)

carabos Thu 01-Sep-11 08:57:07

Midlandsmum there is no legal requirement depending upon the size of the horse. It isn't illegal, but it might be unlawful and might be against any restrictive covenants on the property as Cheshire pointed out. While it may not be appropriate, assuming it is grazing and has access to water, there really isn't a cruelty issue either.

LottieJenkins Thu 01-Sep-11 09:03:06

When my old neighbours were forced to remove their animals from a small holding they kept a goat in a horsebox at the bottom of their garden. Everytime we sat down to a meal we had a goat peering over the back fence at us!!! hmm

AnotherJaffaCake Thu 01-Sep-11 09:14:10

Like Cheshire and carabos say - you need to check your title deeds for restrictive coventants. These will tell you what you can and cannot do with regard to your property eg whether you are allowed to keep chickens, or whether you can change your windows, paint your front door a different colour etc. Some of them can be very restrictive and some a bit vague. Ours says you can keep domestic animals. I would take that to mean cats, dogs, and the usual pets, but probably not chickens or horses.

catsrus Thu 01-Sep-11 09:36:03

When we bought our house the solicitor remarked how free of restrictions we were - and that we could keep a cow in the back garden if we wanted to :-) we did keep a couple of goats once - and always have kept chickens, but passed on the cow. People a few streets away kept a horse though..... So it depends on their deeds

CadleCrap Thu 01-Sep-11 09:48:52

grin @norks

Do they have side access or do they have to take it through the house? Not that it matters, I'm just nosey!

PercyFilth Thu 01-Sep-11 10:03:00

"you need to check your title deeds for restrictive covenants"

Your title deeds are irrelevant - it's the neighbour's title deeds that count and they may not be identical to yours.

slavetofilofax Thu 01-Sep-11 10:15:05

There must be something they need to make it legal, either on the deeds or a licence or something. I have no idea what though, so sorry for being spectaularly useless and posting anyway.

But my friend had to have a licence for keeping pygmy goats in her back garden, people even came round to check that her garden was suitable. And they had to have seperate permission to transport the goats from the farm they were born on to her house. There must be something simelar with horses.

I'd phone a local riding school and ask if you should be concerned. They would probably be happy to help as it concerns the welfare of a horse.

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