TAKING YOUR HORSES TO FRANCE
To travel to France with your horse, you must apply to DEFRA for an export licence. Visit gov.uk/government/organisations/department-forenvironment-food-rural-affairs for more information.
You need a ‘fit to travel’ certificate from a vet. This has to be issued within 24 hours of travelling, so you may need to book an appointment with a vet local to the port you are using.
You need to ensure that all your horse’s vaccinations, microchip data and passport are all up to date.
When choosing a horse transporter, make sure their distances per day are realistic, and that they have overnight accommodation arranged for the horses en route if the journey is likely to be a long one.
Try to find a local vet and farrier before your move, so you know who to contact when the need arises. A good place to start is the French Yellow Pages. pagesjaunes.fr
Don’t worry if someone mentions le bombe when you’re riding – it’s French for riding hat! Other useful French words are l’equitation, meaning horse-riding lessons and selle, meaning saddle.