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Guide Horse riding establishment guidance notes

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5. Appendix one - stable notices and records

  1. Name, address and telephone number
    of licence holder to be prominently displayed on the premises. It is also recommended that a contact name and phone number for the Vet and the Farrier for the premises be displayed.
  2. Fire Notices                                        
    Instructions as to the action to betaken in the event of fire to be prominently displayed on the premises.
  3. Accident Book
    Used to record accidents to staff or members of the public at the premises.
  4. Insurance
    Third party insurance cover is required under the terms of the Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970. An up to date certificate of Employers Liability insurance must be displayed.
  5. Young Stock Register
    All horses aged three and under in the possession of the licence holder must be entered in a register available on request by an authorised officer.
  6. 'Health and Safety Law - What You Should Know' poster.
    This must be displayed. It should include the name and address of the enforcing authority and of the Employment Medical Advisory Service.

The following types of record are not statutory requirements but could reasonably be expected to be found in the majority of well organised and efficiently managed establishments.

  1.  Daily log
    A record of the days events detailing arrivals and departures. The name of the horses hired out for lessons should be included on the bookings of each lesson.
  2. Horse and pony register:
    Records of each horse showing date of arrival, size, age and sex.
  3. Veterinary records
    A record of all drugs given, including reactions
  4. Shoeing register
    Record of which horses are shod and when.
  5. Equipment register
    A record of all the equipment held at the premises including maintenance schedules. Tack repairs and replacements should also be noted in this register.
  6. Riding tuition sheets
    Individual records of clients receiving instruction, detailing previous experience, present level of competence, emergency contacts, health considerations etc.
  7. British Horse Society Signs
    Fire action, Riding School Rules, Hats to a current BSI Standard, Riding is a Risk Sport