Riding establishments

Riding establishments keep horses for hire or riding instruction.

Existing licence holders and anyone planning to apply for a licence should read the Animal Welfare (licensing of activities involving animals) Regulations 2018 and the DEFRA guidance. We also suggest you visit the British Veterinary Association website before applying for a licence.

Apply for a licence

Fill in the horse riding establishment application form and send it to us with the correct fee.

Application form

Licence fees

We will arrange, at your cost, for a vet to inspect the horses and premises to ensure the welfare of the animals and to check that the accommodation is suitable. If successful, you should receive the licence within 60 days.

For more information, please contact us.

Online enquiries form

Visits to the licensing service are by appointment only. Please call us on 01423 500600 or email at [email protected]