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An in-person course for those local authority officers inspecting premises hiring out horses

The Licensing of Activities Involving Animals Regulations require those carrying out inspections to be appropriately qualified.  This  course will offer specific training relating to the inspection of premises hiring out horses and is suitable as refresher training for qualified local authority officers as well as being a good introduction for those looking to undertake a qualification.

The course will consist of ½ day online virtual training followed by one day in person classroom and practical training delivered by experienced Animal Health Inspectors and industry experts.

Tutors will include:

Sharon Edwards  Consultant Animal Health Inspector, City of London

Carolyn Madgwick – Director of Legislation and Training, The Horse Trust. Formerly, Senior Trading Standards Officer, Animal Health and Welfare, Hampshire County Council

Steven Gale – Investigator, World Horse Welfare. Formerly, Animal Health and Welfare Officer, Stockton on Tees Borough Council

Training will include

  • An overview of the regulations in relation to Hiring out Horses
  • Equine Identification
  • Equine Transportation
  • Tack and saddlery inspection
  • Health and Safety – Fire safety; PPE standards
  • Basic awareness of horse behaviour
  • Donkeys – how they differ
  • Vet v LA officer responsibilities

Practical sessions

  • The veterinary inspection of the horse
  • How to approach and work around horses
  • Awareness of BCS and weigh taping – Colours and markings
  • Inspection of grazing, fencing, forage, bedding etc

Course details

The course will be held online followed by an in-person training day with a choice of two locations to suit you best:

Virtual – Friday 12/05/2023

Followed by in person either

  • Thursday 18/05/2023 at HAPPA, Burnley, BB10 3QU – FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday 01/06/2023 at Hadlow College, Kent, TN11 0AL


Virtual – Monday 09/10/2023

Followed by in person either

  • Thursday 12/10/2023 at World Horse Welfare, Hall Farm, Snetterton, Norfolk, NR16 2LP
  • Thursday 19/10/2023 at World Horse Welfare, Glenda Spooner Farm, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7LA


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Total cost £165*

*to include tea/coffee and a basic buffet lunch (if you have specific dietary needs please bring a packed lunch)

If you require an invoice emailed to you instead of online payment, please complete the form and select  the ‘Email me an Invoice’ option and click ‘Send’. The course organiser will then send an invoice to you.

Spaces are limited, please book below ASAP to avoid disappointment:

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