Eating pet horses is being banned under new EU legislation, it has been reported.
The rule is aimed at continental Europe where two million horses are reportedly eaten every year.
But horse and pony owners in Britain will also have to be signed up.
Anyone who refuses to sign up to the regulations could face prison or an unlimited fine, according to The Sun.
The ban is part of the new Horse Identification Regulations.
The rules, which will come into force at the beginning of next month, is partly to stop vets' drugs from entering human diets.