Transporting and moving horses

Every property on which a horse is kept (even on agistment or a temporary basis) must have a PIC. A PIC is a unique eight-character number assigned by Local Land Services to properties with livestock. This property registration system allows for the tracing of livestock to assist with disease, chemical residue and emergency management. Visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Horses can carry cattle ticks which can have a serious impact on beef and dairy industries. There are cattle tick infested zones in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. The movement of horses into NSW from cattle tick infested zones is subject to very strict controls, usually including treatment before entering NSW.

To prevent the spread of cattle tick, you should:

  • Check your horses and equipment for ticks and clean your gear regularly
  • Ensure you adhere to tick treatment requirements and other controls when moving your horses. For more information, visit our Cattle tick webpage.

Transported Stock Statements (TSS) are required for horses travelling within NSW by vehicle (including those travelling into NSW). This assists the tracing of horses in the event of a disease outbreak. TSS are available individually or in booklets from Local Land Services and need to be kept for two years following the movement. Some exemptions apply.

Contact Local Land Services for more information.

Horses can only be led or ridden on public roads during daylight.

Sick horses should only be transported under the advice of your veterinarian or Local Land Services.

There are minimum animal welfare requirements for the transportation and movement of horses in NSW. Visit our animal welfare page for more information.