The East Riding of Yorkshire Licensing Authority is raising awareness of public safety for individuals by advising them to only use licensed riding schools when booking lessons for themselves or for their children. Councillor Jackie Cracknell, cabinet portfolio holder for community involvement and performance at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We know that riding horses is a satisfying and enjoyable experience, particularly during the school holiday season , however horses can also be unpredictable and even the calmest horse or smallest pony has the potential to hurt someone if it is startled or scared.
“It is important that only licensed riding schools are used to ensure customers are in safe environment, using horses and ponies which are fully insured and that all the appropriate measures are in place to ensure rider safety.
“Customer safety is paramount and riders are urged to check riding schools’ credentials to ensure safety standards are met when booking lessons for you or your children.
Parents need to ask the right questions when booking for the first time; are you licensed? Are you insured? And ask to see the documents to be certain.”
Paul Bellotti, head of housing transportation and public protection, added: “If an accident occurs at an unlicensed riding establishment the rider or parent may find that there may be no insurance cover, no registered first aider, the business may be using unsuitable horses and equipment and employing unsafe or poor teaching practices. “Licensed premises are inspected each year by Licensing Officers and approved vets to ensure that staff, horses, equipment and the yard itself are all fit for purpose and health and safety standards are in place. In the current financial climate it is important that corners are not cut and that all riding schools operate on a level playing field putting customers first”.