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).