The following criteria will be considered when the application is being evaluated:

  • that horses/ponies are in good condition and maintained in good health. They must be kept physically fit and, where the horse is to be ridden or used during riding instruction, be suitable for that purpose
  • that their feet will be trimmed properly and that shoes are fitted properly and are in good condition
  • that accommodation is suitable
  • 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 the name, address and telephone number of the licence holder is displayed outside the premises and fire instructions are displayed
  • that storage facilities are provided for forage, bedding, stable equipment and saddlery

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 does not 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


Please contact us in the first instance.

Any licence holder who wishes to appeal against a refused licence or a condition attached to their licence can appeal to their local Magistrates' court.