Horse riding establishment


A riding establishment is defined as 'the carrying on of a business of keeping horses to let them out for hire for riding or riding instruction'.

This licence is renewable annually. Contact us to apply

Licence summary

A riding establishment is the carrying on of any business of keeping horses to let them out on hire for riding, or for use in providing instruction in riding for payment. In addition, the following conditions are required by the Act, whether specified in the licence or not:

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be over the age of 18 and not disqualified because of a conviction under other legislation relating to animal cruelty or the keeping of animals.

Regulation summary

Riding establishments are controlled by the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 & 1970

Application evaluation process

Before a licence is granted applicants shall prove:

  • suitable accommodation for the horses with respect to construction, size, lighting, ventilation, drainage and cleanliness
  • where horse are kept at grass there is suitable pasture and shelter
  • suitable food, drink, bedding and that horses are suitably exercised
  • reasonable precautions to protect against the spread of infection or disease are in place
  • protection for horse in case of fire
  • horses will be maintained in good health and are suitable for the purpose for which they are being kept
  • there is adequate accommodation for forage, bedding, stable equipment and saddlery