Riding establishments are inspected by a veterinary surgeon and Animal Health and Welfare Inspector.
Before issuing a license the Council will inspect a premise to ensure that:
- Horses must be in good health and capable of the work required of them.
- All riding equipment supplied should be free from visible defect which is likely to cause suffering to the horse or accident to the rider.
- The feet of all horses should be trimmed and if shod, their shoes must be fitted properly and in good condition.
- Any horses found during the inspection to be in need of veterinary attention must not be used for work.
- The horses shall be supplied with suitable grazing, shelter, water and supplementary feeds.
- Stabled horses must be supplied with suitable feed, exercise, water and bedding material and groomed at regular intervals.
- All reasonable steps need to be in place to prevent the spread of infectious and contagious diseases.
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If you have any welfare concerns for animals within a riding establishment or believe a person is trading without a licence please contact us directly