Horses on the loose in village
Abandoned animals escaping fields
ABANDONED horses running loose into the pathway of cars has become a ‘real problem’ in a village.
Horse owners have been leaving their animals in other people’s fields.
The horses then escape onto the highways at night, leaving police to chase them down.
Iver parish councillor Ruth Vigor-Hedderly said it was a ‘real problem’ but she had worked with Sgt Lucy Price, from the Iver team, to find a solution.
She said: “Police were having to chase horses off the highway in the south of the county at night.
“Police then could only keep them in fields or someone’s garden.”
Sgt Price spoke to the CID in Hertfordshire to get advice after it found a solution by keeping them in a yard.
Mrs Vigor-Hedderly said it cost £100 to keep a horse in a yard.
“If they are not claimed or injured it is destroyed,” she added. “I make no bones about that.
“If they are fit, well and healthy they can be rehomed. It’s about keeping motorists safe and equine safety.”
A dozen horses were confiscated, though Mrs Vigor-Hedderly said about half of those are from the same offenders dumping horses in a field.
“It is tedious but this teaches them a lesson,” she said. “If they want them back it costs £500600 a horse.”
Representatives from the government are now ‘very keen’ to talk to Sgt Lucy Price due to the success of the scheme.
Mrs Vigor-Hedderly said she could not disclose the location of the yard, as it had taken time to find one that could be used for the scheme because of security concerns.
This is not the only issue with horses in Iver, Mrs Vigor-Hedderly added.
Children aged as young as six or seven have been caught riding horses on the highways too.
“They are posing an exceptionally high risk to motorists and pedestrains,” she said.
“Police do not have a huge amount of power to do anything at the moment. I have said to them we need to sit down and write a policy.
“We will work Iver to do that.”