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Riding establishment licence
If you want to run a riding establishment in Medway, 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.
ask for more information about the licence and its
conditions before applying.
Apply for a licence
application form for a riding establishment licence
You must be over 18 years of age.
You need to prove that you have suitable qualifications and
experience of horse management.
An approved vet will also check that your horses are:
- in good health and physically fit
- suitable to be hired out and used for riding
- provided with adequate food, drink and bedding
- regularly exercised
- safeguarded in an emergency
You also need liability insurance that covers you for any
injuries that result from people riding your horses.
If you're granted a licence
Once you have been granted a licence, you must keep a register
of horses aged 3 years or under that are usually kept on your
premises, and make it available for inspection.
We may inspect your premises and horses any time after your
licence is granted. If the inspector finds that any of your horses
need veterinary attention, you must provide a certificate to show
they are fit again before returning them to work.
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
If you're refused a licence
You won’t be able to get a licence if you’ve been banned
- running a riding establishment
- running a pet shop
- keeping animals, including in a boarding kennel or cattery
You won't get a licence if you’ve been convicted
of any animal welfare offences.
If you feel you have been wrongly refused a licence, you can
appeal to the Magistrate's Court.
Renew your licence
You must renew your riding
establishment licence every year.