You need a licence to run a riding establishment.
A riding establishment is defined as a business that hires out horses or ponies for riding, or a riding school.
Apply for a licence
The form below can be used to apply for different types of animal welfare licences and registration.
To apply for a riding establishment licence, you must complete sections 1, 5 and 7.
Application form for an animal welfare licence or registration
The completed form and relevant documents can be emailed to us at the address below.
For details of current fees, go to our animal licensing fees page.
For government guidance on applying and the conditions you'll need to meet, go to GOV.UK: Hire out horses licence.
To read the government's guidance for licensing authorities, go to GOV.UK: Animal activities licensing – statutory guidance for local authorities.
Check a licence
You can check online whether a riding establishment is licensed in Thurrock.
Making a complaint
Contact us if you have reason to complain about a riding establishment that we license. You should tell us:
- your name and phone number
- details of the premises you wish to complain about
- details of your complaint or problem
All complaints are dealt with in the strictest confidence. Your details will not be released but are required for us to contact you for further information.