Health and safety in horse riding establishments and livery yards: What you should know – December 2015

Published: December 2015

ISBN: ISBN 978-1-910676-10-3

Topic(s): Health and Safety

Type(s): Guidance


Under the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970, all riding establishments must hold a licence which the local authority grants following consideration of an inspection report by a veterinary surgeon on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)/British Veterinary Association (BVA) approved List of Riding Establishment Inspectors.

The primary purpose of this publication is to share knowledge and best practices that will enable more people to enjoy the sport in a safe and sustainable way. More specifically, it is intended to help bridge gaps in health and safety knowledge and understanding between those who regulate, those who are regulated and those who participate in the industry. It attempts to strike a practical balance between the costs and benefits of riding and the need to regulate what is essentially a high risk sport if taken to its highest level.

It starts by providing a legislative overview and identifying groups at risk and typical hazards before going on to provide guidance on a safety management system, on the management of the environment surrounding a typical riding establishment and on individual work procedure hazards.

NB. This publication replaces our earlier 2006 guidance note entitled ‘Health and safety guidance for inspections of horse riding establishments and livery yards.’  

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