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To run a riding establishment where horses or ponies are hired out for riding or used for riding instruction the Riding Establishment Act 1964 requires you to hold a licence from the local authority. Under the Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970 a riding establishment is defined as: "the carrying on of a business of keeping horses for either or both of the following purposes, that is to say, the purpose of their being let out on hire for riding or the purpose of their being used in providing, in return for payment, instruction in riding".
The legislation is designed to ensure the welfare of the animals and the suitability of their accommodation. If you hire out horses or donkeys or provide a riding school service, you will require a licence.
For further information please see information on the Riding establishment licence (England, Scotland and Wales)(gov.uk website)
Licences to keep a riding establishment are issued under the: