TASHKENT, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The government of Uzbekistan has approved a regulation on issuing horse passports to breeding and sports horses, the Uzbek Justice Ministry said on Wednesday.
The horse passport will be needed mainly for the participation of breeding and sports horses in auctions, exhibitions, national and classical equestrian games, sports competitions, as well as for using these animals as service horses, according to the regulation.
The passport will be issued at the request of a horse owner and cost around 24 U.S. dollars. The passport will be valid for the entire life of the horse.
Uzbekistan has started implementing a set of measures to develop horse breeding and equestrian sports.
In 2017, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev ordered to build three horse breeding and rearing farms in the country and allowed Uzbekistan's horse breeding and equestrian sport federation to export sports horses.
Furthermore, in February, Mirziyoyev instructed the country's health ministry and a number of other organizations to develop and widely use hippotherapy -- therapeutic horse riding.
He has also ordered to organize children's and youth equestrian schools in ten regions of the country.