Riding establishment licence

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To run a riding establishment (where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction) you need a licence from the local authority.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be over 18 years of age and they must have not been disqualified:

  • from keeping a riding establishment
  • from keeping a pet shop under the Pet Animals Act 1951
  • from having custody of animals under the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1954
  • from keeping boarding establishments for animals under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  • under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 from keeping or owning animals, being able to influence how animals are kept, dealing animals or transporting or being involved in the transporting of animals
  • from owning, keeping dealing or transporting animals under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

Applicants must pay any required fee and comply with any conditions attached to a licence.

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Register

Click to view a list of licensed riding establishment in the district: Riding Establishments Register 2014

License Conditions

Use the link to view the conditions:  Riding Establishment Conditions .

Fee

click here for Licensing Fees an additional fee for costs incurred for the veterinary inspection will apply to these fees.

Application Evaluation Process

Before deciding an application the local authority must consider a report from a veterinary surgeon or practitioner detailing whether the premises are suitable for a riding establishment and detailing the conditions of the premises and any horses.

The local authority will also take into account whether the applicant is suitable and qualified to hold a licence. They must also be satisfied of the following:

  • that consideration will be given to the condition of the horses and that they will be maintained in good health, kept physically fit and where the horse is to be ridden or used during riding instruction, be suitable for that purpose
  • that the animals feet will be trimmed properly and that shoes are fitted properly and are in good condition
  • that there will be suitable accommodation for the horses
  • that for horses maintained on grass there is suitable pasture, shelter and water and that supplementary feed will be provided as and when needed
  • that horses will be provided with suitable food, drink and bedding materials and will be exercised, groomed, rested and visited at suitable intervals
  • that precautions will be taken to reduce the spread of contagious or infectious diseases and that veterinary first aid equipment and medicines will be provided and maintained
  • that appropriate procedures are in place to protect and remove the horses in the case of a fire and that as part of this the name, address and telephone number of the licence holder is displayed outside the premises and fire instructions are displayed
  • that storage facilities for forage, bedding, stable equipment and saddlery are provided
     

In addition to any other conditions a riding establishment licence must be subject to the following conditions:

  • that any horse inspected by an authorised officer and found to need veterinary attention will not be returned to work until the licence holder has obtained a veterinary certificate confirming the horse is fit for work
  • that a horse will not be let out for hire or for use in instruction without the supervision of a responsible person aged 16 years or older, unless the licence holder is satisfied the rider doesn't require supervision
  • that the business will not be left in the charge of someone under 16 years of age
  • that the licence holder holds indemnity insurance
  • that the licence holder keeps a register of all horses in their possession that are three years old or younger and that the register is available for inspection at all reasonable times
     

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period of 56 days.

Apply Online Apply online

Apply for a licence to operate a riding establishment

Tell us about a change to your existing riding establishment licence

Apply by Post Apply by post

If you want to apply for a riding establishment licence for up to 10 horses download the riding establishment application form for up to 10 horses, for up to 30 horses download the riding establishment application form for up to 30 horses and for over 30 horses download riding establishment application form for over 30 horses and send it to us with the appropriate licensing fee (click here for Licensing Fees). An additional fee for costs incurred for the veterinary inspection will apply to these fees.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

An applicant whose application is refused can appeal to the local magistrates' court.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

A licence holder who wishes to appeal against a condition can appeal to a local magistrates' court.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre .

Other Redress

Should you have complaints about noise, pollution, etc then please contact us. 

Trade Associations

Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS)

British Dressage

British Equestrian Federation (BEF)

British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA)

 

Contact Us

Licensing Team
Council Offices
High Street
Coleford
Gloucestershire GL16 8HG
 

Tel: 01594 812445
Fax: 01594 812590
Email: Licensing@fdean.gov.uk