Stray horses a problem in villages
Animals escape after owners abandon them in fields without landowners’ consent
VILLAGES across South Bucks are suffering problems with stray horses appearing in roads.
Last month, the Advertiser reported that horse owners in the Iver area had been leaving their animals in other people’s fields.
There have been several cases of horses managing to escape from the fields, requiring police to then chase them down.
Since then, there have also been reports of the issue occurring in Gerrards Cross, and people living there say that it is beginning to be a problem.
Gerrards Cross parish councillor Jennifer Woolveridge, said: “What happens is that people who own the horses leave them in fields which they don’t own, and which they don’t have any permission to use at all.
“They then leave the horses there and there’s nothing really to stop them escaping, which they do.
“There have been a few cases of it in Gerrards Cross, especially in the Bulstrode area, and I know that it’s happened in Iver as well. It’s expensive to sort out, and the police and county council are looking to clamp down on it.”
“What happens is that the horses are rounded up and then people are charged quite a lot of money to reclaim them, so the idea is that the costs are so much that it will act as a lesson to make people be more responsible.”
Police charge between £500 and £600 to those looking to reclaim a horse which has escaped.
Speaking on the issue last month, parish, district and county councillor for Iver, Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, said that the issue also causes safety concerns, and Bucks County Council would be looking to come up with an official policy on dealing with stray horses in the county.
Mrs Woolveridge said: “People who own these horses just need to be more responsible, and to make sure that they have the landowner’s permission and that the horses can’t escape from where they are left.