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 legislation.gov.uk for details of the legislation that came into force on the 1 October 2018.
Defra guidance on licence to hire out horses
See Defra guidance notes for conditions for hiring out horses.
Apply for a licence to hire out horses
Download application for a licence to hire out horses (PDF: 1Mb / 7 pages)
Last updated: Wednesday, 2 February, 2022.