Riding establishments

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1. Overview

If you want to run a riding establishment you’ll need to apply for a licence.

A riding establishment is a business that hires out horses or ponies for riding or a riding school.

Restrictions

You must be over 18 to apply for a licence. You won't be given a licence if you’ve committed any animal health or welfare offences, or if you’ve been banned from:

  • running a riding establishment
  • running a pet shop
  • keeping animals, including in a boarding kennel or cattery

You must not leave anyone under 16 years old in charge of the riding establishment. Any riders under 16 must be supervised, unless you’re satisfied that they are competent to ride without supervision.