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Hiring horses

Apply for a licence

Use this service to apply for a licence to hire horses including stables and riding schools.

Before you get started

You can apply for a licence to hire horses online. You’ll need:

  • a description of the accommodation provided for the horses
  • the name and address of the premises
  • your date of birth

Alternatively, you can download and complete the application form for a licence to hire horses (Word 163kb). Once you’ve completed your application, you’ll need to email it the animal licensing team at

For alternative ways to send us your application, including by post, you can visit our contact us page.

What happens next

Once you've sent us your application, you'll need to pay an administration fee of £263.50.

To pay your administration fee, you'll need to call our customer service team on 01795 417850.

Once you've paid

If your application is successful, you'll receive:

  • an inspection from our inspection officer and an independent vet
  • a risk rating score, following your inspection
  • an invoice for your licence, based on your risk rating

For more information about the premises inspection, including what to expect, you can download and complete the premises inspection form for hiring horses (Word 282kb).

When you receive your invoice, you can pay it online.

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