Taking-Your-Horse-Abroad

To keep your horse healthy and fit, you must make sure it gets enough daily exercise. Horse trails and pathways that can be travelled on horseback help to keep the horse fit. Therefore it is important to have many possibilities around. However, having explored everything in the vicinity, you may wish to pursue new attractions and see other landscapes. As we live in a cross-border zone, we have the opportunity to do so.

How about a holiday abroad taking your own horse with you? How about exploring new, yet unknown landscapes, woods, meadows and lakes? The only thing you have to do is to cross the border, and new experience is awaiting you!

 

A question remains: is it really possible and so simple?

With our EU membership many legal regulations have changed in a positive direction and crossing the border has become a mere formality. However, when transporting animals, a few important regulations have to be kept in mind.

As a general rule, no permission is needed to cross the border with a horse for all EU Member States, however the person transporting the horse must carry along all required documentation.

The following must be kept in mind:

 

 

 

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as we would like it to be to cross the border in Brandenburg. The problem is that there is no such thing as a “horse-friendly border crossing” which would make it possible to cross the border on horseback or in horse-drawn carriages. At present it is possible to use bridges and ferries. The following three border crossings can be used to this end in the Pro Europa Viadrina Euroregion:

 

  • Küstrin-Kiez/Kostrzyn n.O.
  • Frankfurt (Oder)/Słubice
  • Frankfurt (Oder)/Świecko

However, due to the fact that the Frankfurt (Oder)/ Świecko border crossing is located on a trunk road, the horse should be transported in a trailer if possible.