HORSE PASSPORTS - THE LAW AND YOU
PASSPORTS ARE ISSUED BY RECOGNISED PASSPORT ISSUING ORGANISATIONS (PIOs)
EVERY  equine (horse pony donkey) over 6 months old MUST by LAW have a horse passport
A list of PIOs can be found by googling Horse Passport Issuing organisations in the UK;
BREED OF HORSE OR PONY (OR DONKEY)
* There are two categories of PIOs - those which manage studbooks (these are studbooks for a specific breed of registered equidae) and those which do not manage studbooks (that is non registered equidae). These nonregistered ponies are classed as  "equidae for breeding and production".
PASSPORT ISSUING ORGANISATIONS
There are only six  passport issuing organisations in Scotland. Only one is based in the Western Isles.
Any PIO can issue a passport for any equine depending on the PIO's own rules. However to get a passport for a specific breed and to have the breed recorded on the passport you MUST apply to the PIO which has the studbook for that breed. CEnE holds the studbook for the "Eriskay Pony breed"
ERISKAY PONIES
If you want your pony to be recorded in the passport as an ERISKAY PONY you must contact us, as the breed society for the ERISKAY PONY breed. All 'Eriskay Ponies' must be traceable back to an original Eriskay female. (OES) so IF IN DOUBT CONTACT US.
* The CEnE passport will record  the breed as:-
(i) ERISKAY PONY or (ii) ERISKAY PONY (Eriskay herd) or (iii) ERISKAY PONY (Purebred)
NON REGISTERED HORSES PONIES OR DONKEYS
* CEnE PIO also issues passports for non registered ponies born in the Na h'Eileanan An Iar (Western Isles) HS postcode area. Generally speaking, if your pony has the appearance of an Eriskay Pony the passport may record the pony as being breed "Eriskay Type". Otherwise the name of breed will be left blank in the passport.
OWNERSHIP OF A HORSE PASSPORT
 * Legally a passport remains the property of the issuing PIO - in our case 826061 The Eriskay Pony (Purebred) Studbook Society - Comann Each nan Eilean Ltd  OIfis Storas Dalabrog Uibhist a Deas HS8 5SS
RESPONSIBILITIES OF OWNERS
The passport must accompany the pony if you take it to the vet or if the vet comes to administer treatment or medicine. The VET  must sign the passport.
You must give the passport to the new owner if you
SELL THE HORSE. You should advise the new owner of the requirement to have the passport updated by the PIO  and preferably also advise the PIO that the horse has been sold.
THE NEW OWNER
It is required by law that you must return the passport to the issuing PIO with your name and  address within 30 days of becoming the new owner.
Send the passport recorded delivery  with fee for transfer of ownership to enable the PIO to change the passport to your name as owner..  The passport will be in the name of the previous owner until you do this. Your passport will be returned (also recorded delivery) within 20 working days.
YOU MUST ALSO ADVISE THE PIO IF YOU
CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS You must return the passport (recorded delivery) for amendment if you change your address. see fee list for appropriate token fee. The PIO has by law  to keep a list of owners
COLT FOALS - if your pony is gelded you must return the passport as above, signed by the vet with the appropriate fee for amendment.
IF THE PONY DIES You must return the passport recorded delivery to the PIO for invalidation within 30 days of the date of death. You must confirm the name and address of the owner at the point of death of the horse. If you wish, the invalidated passport may be returned to you.
VETERINARY TREATMENT AND MEDICINES
Unless the passport has been signed as NOT INTENDED in Section IX you must give the passport to any vet who administers veterinary treatment or medicines.
THE VET MUST  Enter the details of the treatment in the appropriate section and sign unless Section IX has been signed as NOT INTENDED.
THESE RULES ARE TO ENSURE THAT ALL PASSPORTS WILL CONFORM TO THE NEW RULES INTRODUCED TO THE UK AND OTHER EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES FOLLOWING THE HORSEMEAT SCANDAL
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
of the owner
You must advise the PIO If the pony is exported.
You must advise the PIO if you lose the passport. You will be asked to sign a declaration and agreement to return the passport if found. Only then can a duplicate passport be legally issued. If you find the original passport you must return the duplicate to the issuing PIO to be invalidated. There cannot be two valid passports for the same pony. That is against the law.
Responsibility of the finder of any lost passport. You must return it to the issuing PIO to the address recorded on the passport. The PIO or the owner will usually pay a finder's fee and cover your expenses.
DAMAGED PASSPORTS Return recorded delivery with fee for a duplicate passport to the PIO. The PIO will keep the damaged  passport, and issue a duplicate recording all the details from the damaged passport (or database records). The damaged passport will be retained by the PIO and invalidated.
Duplicate passports are issued to take the place of damaged or lost passports  when all the data of the original passport is available and the animal can be identified. A duplicate passport cannot be issued unless and until a pony is microchipped.
Replacement passports (to take the place of the original) are issued when the original passport is lost or damaged irreplaceably and the equine cannot be identified. The pony must be microchipped before a replacement passport can be issued
TEMPORARY DOCUMENTS are only issued in exceptional circumstances and under very strict conditions to reduce the risk of fraud. If your passport is with the PIO for updating or replacement and you need it you should ask the PIO to deal with the matter urgently.
Contact details for The Eriskay Pony (Purebred) Studbook Society PIO number 826061 are
Oifis Storas Daliburgh South Uist HS8 5SS (Dalabrog Uibhist a Deas)
Telephone Secretary on 01871 810 580     email eriskaypony@btinternet.com.