Riding Establishment Inspection

All establishments that use horses, ponies or donkeys for hire to paying customers on their own premises or in public areas require a licence to operate under the Riding Establishment Acts 1964 and 1970.

Two of our equine vets Marta Reis MRCVS and Caroline Foalks BVet Med. Cert AVP MRCVS are members of the panel of Riding Establishment Inspectors and are allowed to carry out veterinary inspections in accordance with the Act.

Inspections are carried out at the request of the district council and include a physical examination of all working equines including examination of eyes, heart, feet, areas of tack contact and an assessment of soundness.

Tack is examined to ensure a comfortable fit and to check safety and suitability. Riding areas such as indoor/outdoor arenas are inspected in addition to feed rooms, tack rooms and stabling areas. Farriery and worming records are checked and horse working hours assessed.

Clients can check the establishment they intend to use is fully licensed by contacting the district council.