Licensing and compliance advice

Equine businesses are covered by an array of regulatory requirements. With prosecutions and penalties likely for non-compliance, it is important to understand which regulations apply to your business.

In addition to the licensing requirements for livery yards, arenas, riding schools and racecourses, each horse must have a passport. Equine businesses must also have valid insurance in place and abide by the regulations governing employment, including that of volunteers and children, and health and safety.

There is also an obligation to reduce the risk to the horses owned and to ensure compliance with the Animals Act 1971 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The fulfilment of these requirements is monitored by governing bodies, such as the British Horse-racing Authority, working closely with animal welfare organisations, including the RSPCA and Retraining of Racehorses.

At Pearson Rowe, we can use our extensive knowledge of equine law to ensure you comply with all the relevant legislation, and act in your defence should any breaches occur.

We can also advise on any issues relating to charity work carried out by your organisation and the road traffic requirements for vehicles, such as horse boxes and trailers.

For more information on any of the high quality legal services provided by our equine law solicitors in Birmingham, please contact us.

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