Keeping of horses

The keeping of horses and ponies in the Cotswolds AONB

Horse owning and riding is an increasingly popular activity in the Cotswolds. How horses are cared for and the developments associated with keeping a horse have a significant impact on the character and quality of the AONB’s special landscape.

Owners of horses and ponies have an important role to play looking after the landscape. They are not only responsible for the welfare of their animals, but also have the further responsibility to care for the land on which their horses live. Managed in the right way, land can support the welfare needs of the horse, as well as maintaining and enhancing the distinctive character and wildlife of the landscape.

The Conservation Board has produced a helpful leaflet which provides guidance and advice for horse owners. Click here to download.