Hiring out horses

Last Updated: 7 May 2024

Businesses need a licence to hire out horses, ponies and donkeys for riding or riding lessons, trekking, or for loan.

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities on Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

Defra guidance on hiring out horses

For guidance on the hiring of horses consult the Legislation and Guidance on the Sector Group website.

How to apply

To apply for a licence fill in the animal welfare application form (DOC 76KB / 7 pages).

The application form should be returned to the Licensing Team, along with any supporting documentation and the relevant fee:

Existing fees (2024/25):

  • new application fee: £312.00 (plus vets fees)
  • renewal application fee: £281.00 (plus vets fees)
  • variation to number of horses: £36.00, (plus vets fees/inspection fees may be charged)
  • variation licence: £36.00, plus inspection & (risk assessment fee, if applicable at £48.00 per hour)
  • re-evaluation of rating: £136.00
  • variation of licence – new licensing activity/addition of home boarding host: £36.00 (for each additional licensing activity/additional host) plus inspection & risk assessment fee at £48.00 per hour

Existing licence holders will be sent the relevant application forms about a month before the renewal date.

To apply for a variation to a licence or re-evaluation of the star rating, contact the Licensing team.