Re: Free in a bag.
Posted: 10 Aug 2019, 8:42pm
661-Pete wrote:Q: to whom does horse manure lying on a public path, actually belong? The owner of the horse? ... Or finders keepers?
In the case of dung deposited by a horse being ridden along the bridleway, initially to the owner of the horse. However if they deliberately ride away and leave it, the dung becomes abandoned property, which (unlike lost or misplaced property) becomes the property of the first person to collect it up.
In the case of dung deposited in a bridleway by a horse being kept loose in a field through which the bridleway passes, it would belong to the owner of the horse without their having to take any action to collect it to establish ownership.