What is a horse-riding establishment?
A horse-riding establishment is where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction.
Novices who have never got atop of a horse before can turn from novices to equestrian riders with training from seasoned riders at a horse-riding establishment. It is also a place where riders can simply hire out a horse for the day and enjoy a day of trotting in the wilderness.
What is a horse-riding establishment licence?
If you want to run a horse-riding establishment as an operating business in England, Scotland or Wales, you will need a horse-riding establishment licence.
This includes riding schools and those that hire out horses, trekking, loan horses and pony parties (but only where ponies are ridden).
The requirements of the horse-riding establishment licence fall under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.
How to apply for a horse-riding establishment licence
Horse-riding establishment licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.
NOTE - Before your licence can be approved, your local council will risk assess your premises, and how you look after the horses or ponies in your care.