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Hiring out Horses

To hire out horses you need a licence. You can apply for a licence by completing the Hiring out horses licence application form (Word, 52KB)

Once you have completed the application, you can send it to us via email at indicating that you wish to pay by card.

Alternatively, you can post your application us with a cheque to Animal Health & Welfare, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 1AH.

Supporting information

Please note that your application (including renewal applications) will not be accepted without the relevant supporting information:

  • plan of premise
  • operating procedures
  • schedule of horses
  • record of farrier's visits
  • vaccination recording (including worming records)
  • schedule of horses and hours/days they work
  • health and safety risk assessments
  • feeding procedures
  • cleaning procedures
  • transportation procedures
  • disease control policy
  • health and welfare monitoring procedure
  • exercise and enrichment policy
  • death and escape of animals procedure
  • storage of carcasses procedures
  • revocation/emergency care of animals in an emergency procedure
  • emergency evacuation plan
  • training policy/records
  • preventative health care plan which has been agreed by a veterinarian
  • passport number
  • microchip number
  • age
  • colour
  • sex
  • height
  • appropriate equipment and facilities
  • first aid training for staff
  • practical guidance relating to riders' headgear, footwear, clothing and handling/safety around horses

Further information

The latest guidance can be found on the Canine and Feline Sector Group website (CFSG). More information regarding the applications process can be found on our animals licences homepage.

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