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Hiring out horses

Businesses require a licence to hire out horses, ponies and donkeys for riding or riding lessons, trekking, or for loan. This replaces the previous riding establishments licence.

See the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 on for details of the legislation that came into force on the 1 October 2018.

Defra guidance on licence to hire out horses

See Legislation and Guidance on the CFSG Canine and Feline Sector Group website for guidance on the licence to hire out of horses .

Apply for a licence to hire out horses

Download application for a licence to hire out horses (PDF: 1Mb / 7 pages)

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