Horse riding establishments

The term 'riding establishment' refers to the business of:

  • keeping and letting horses out on hire for riding purposes, or
  • providing riding instruction for payment, or
  • both the above.

Note: This does not include livery or private stables.

Under the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970, a riding establishment needs to be licensed with the Local Authority in order to carry on business and an annual veterinary inspection is required. Inspection includes approval of the following:

  • number of horses, suitability and health, condition of hooves and shoeing
  • accommodation and bedding
  • food and water, including provision and storage
  • housekeeping, cleanliness and pest control
  • condition of tack (saddles and bridles) and other equipment, including suitability and maintenance
  • staff training and facilities
  • isolation, quarantine and first aid (human and animal).

Guidance is published by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Contact us

Online
Contact Licensing form

Telephone
01753 875664
Mon to Fri 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

In person
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