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(1)Section 1 (Licensing of reiding establishments) of the principal Act shall be read and have effect as if—
(i)in place of the words “on payment of a fee of” in subsection (2) thereof there were substituted the words “on payment of a fee not exceeding”, and
(ii)in place of subsection (4) thereof there were substituted the following subsectons (namely):—
“(4)In determining whether to grant a licence for the keeping of a riding establishment by any person at any premises a local authority shall in particular (but without prejudice to their discretion to withold a licence on any grounds) have regard to—
(a)whether that person appears to them to be suitable and qualified, either by experience in the management of horses or by being the holder of an approved certificate or by employing in the management of the riding establishment a person so qualified, to be the holder of such a licence ; and
(b)the need for securing—
(i)that paramount consideration will be given to the condition of horses and that they will be maintained in good health, and in all respects physically fit and that, in the case of a horse kept for the purpose of its being let out on hire for riding or a horse kept for the purpose of its being used in providing instruction in riding, the horse will be suitable for the purpose for which it is kept;
(ii)that the feet of all animals are properly trimmed and that, if shod, their shoes are properly fitted and in good condition ;
(iii)that there will be available at all times, accommodation for horses suitable as respects construction, size, nuber of occupants, lighting, ventilation, drainage and cleanliness and that these requirements be complied with not only in the case of new buildings but also in the case of buildings converted for use as stabling;
(iv)that in the case of horses maintained at grass there will be available for them at all times during which they are maintained adequate pasture and shelter and water and that supplementary feeds will be provided as and when required;
(v)that horses will be adequately supplied with suitable food,drink and (except in the case of horses maintained at grass, so long as they are maintained) bedding material, and will be adequately exercised, groomed and rested and visited at suitable intervals ;
(vi)that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread among horses of infectious or contagious diseases and that veterinary first aid equipment and medicines shall be provided and maintained in the premises;
(vii)that appropriate steps will be taken for the protection and extrication of horses in case of fire and, in particular, that the name, address and telephone number of the licence holder or some other responsible person will be kept displayed in a prominent position on the outside of the premises and that instructions as to action to be taken in the event of fire, with particular regard to the extrication of horses, will be kept displayed in a prominent position on the outside of the premises;
(viii)that adequate accommodation will be provided for forage, bedding, stable equipment and saddlery ;
and shall specify such conditions in the licence, if granted by them, as appear to the local authority necessary or expedient in the particular case for securing all the objects specified in sub-paragraphs (i) to (viii) of paragraph (b) of this subsection.
(4A)Without prejudice to the provisions of subsection (2) or (4) of this section, every licence granted under this Act after 31st December 1970 shall be subject to the following conditions (whether they are specified in the licence or not), namely—
(a)a horse found on inspection of the premises by an authorised officer to be in need of veterinary attention shall not be reyurned to work until the holder of the licence has obtained at his own expense and has lodged with the local authority a veterinary certificate that the horse is fit for work ;
(b)no horse will be let out on hire for riding or used for providing instruction in riding without supervision by a responsible person of the age of 16 years or over unless (in the case of a horse let out for riding) the holder of the licence is satisfied that the hirer of the horse is competent to ride without supervision;
(c)the carrying on of the business of a riding establishment shall at no time be left in the charge of a person under 16 years of age ;
(d)the licence holder shall hold a current insurance policy which insures him against liability for any injury susutained by those who hire a horse from him for riding and those who use a horse in the couse of recieving from him, in return for payment, instruction in riding and arising out of the hire or use of a horse as aforesaid and which also insures such persons in respect of any liability which may be incurred by them in respect of injury to any person caused by, or arising out of, the hire or use of a horse as aforesaid;
(e)a register shall be kept by the licence holder of all horses in his possession aged three years and under and usually kept on the premises which shall be available for inspection by an authorised officer at all reasonable times.”
(2)Subsection (5) of the said section 1 shall be read and have effect as if after the words “proposed to be granted” there were inserted the words “(not being one of the conditions set out in subsection (4A) of this section)”; and subsection (9) of that section shall be read and have effect as if for the words from “subject” to “Act” there were substituted the words “to which a licence under this Act is subject (whether by virtue of subsection (4A) of this section or otherwise)”.
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