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Registering different breeds of horses, ponies and donkeys in France can sometimes be a little daunting to say the least!HN logo

If we break things down you have a) equines born within France or b) equines imported to France

If your equine was born within France then you need to determine if he is eligible to be included in one of the studbooks the Haras Nationaux holds, or, if he is of unknown breeding what category he will fall into. Even if you have no idea of the parentage, he will still need to be microchipped and registered with the Haras Nationaux. Here are the breeds recognised with the Haras Nationaux, there are 4 different types of classification:

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Balto and Jenna finally found their forever home and today was the day to move them there. They have both gone to live with Yvonne and her husband in the Charente Maritime where they are going to be treated like royalty. Jenna has had a tough life being rescued a few years ago, her friend Balto was lucky enough to be given away with her. Balto & Jenna have a very strong bond, so much so that Balto actually got badly beaten up by some ponies trying to protect his pint-sized friend. Where ever one goes, the other is not far behind….which made it interesting trying to load them in the trailer today! They travelled excellently though and hardly moved as you can see

Balto & Jenna on the move!

Balto & Jenna on the move!

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Today we said an emotional goodbye to ERF rescues, Wilbur & Piona as we waved them off on their travels to live with their new adoptive family in Calvados. We will update soon with news on how they are getting along but apparently they are already melting peoples hearts up there!

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With France experiencing a recent spate of very hot weather, we thought we’d offer some advice on how you can help your equine cope with the heat.

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To be held at

Centre de Beauregard, Beauregard, 86250, ASNOIS

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French report

French report

There are many assumptions made about the scale of horse production in France, particularly in the UK where individuals want to ‘rescue’ horses from the abattoir. We regularly hear ‘rescue’ sites talking about the huge numbers of horses being transported in illegal conditions to Italy – indeed we once believed these tales too and it is only with considerable research that we found out the truth.

The official 2008 figures have recently been released and they make interesting reading:

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The Horse TrustThe Horse Trust have joined ERF in publicising the risks that surround purchasing equines of unknown origin from France via a photo on a website and transporting them to the UK. This support from the world’s oldest horse charity, which is renowned for the its investment into equine science, welfare and education, adds weight to the campaigning led by ERF and their supporters. Following closely on the heels of  the recent Defra guidelines (see here) it demonstrates the growing public concern at this trade. (more…)

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