Under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 the local authority now issues a STAR rating to each premises based on a number of factors.
The star rating scheme is set by central government and applies nationally, this works a little different to other start rating schemes because it does not work on a sliding scale.
1 Star: These premises are existing businesses that are failing to meet the minimum standards.
2 Star: These premises do meet all of the mandatory minimum standards, however they are deemed to be higher risk.
A premises could be deemed at high risk because they are a new operator that has been opened or been taken over in the past 12 months or because of non-compliance such as substantiated complaints within the last 3 years.
3 Star:These premises meet all of the mandatory standards set out in the new regulations and are providing a high level of animal welfare to the animals on the premises. These premises have been inspected to check that they meet satisfactory standards in areas of accommodation and enrichment.
4 Star: These premises meet all of the mandatory standards and a set of higher standards that are specific to the activity they are licensed for. However they are deemed to be at higher risk. A premises could be deemed at high risk because they are a new operator that has been opened or taken over in the past 12 months or because of non-compliance such as substantiated complaints within the last 3 years.
5 Star: These premises meet all of the mandatory standards and a set of higher standards that are specific to the activity they are licensed for which are attached.
The higher standards are optional. In some cases existing businesses are unable to meet the higher standards because their business and buildings were already established, in others cases the operator opts to not undertake the higher standards for other reasons such as they do not wish to provide additional services it requires.
Hiring of Horses Higher Standards: To obtain a 4 or 5 Star rating, all of the criteria below must be met:
- There must be an option for a permanent individual turn out paddock/pen to allow horses their own area for grazing/turnout if required owing to ill-health or domination by other horses
- Horses must be inspected at least once during the out-of-hours period (e.g. 1800-0800)
- All horses must have a structured management and care programme to include their exercise needs with suitable alternatives for those unable to exercise, such as additional grooming, physiotherapy etc
- Each horse will have its own specific care plan detailing age and any health-related conditions
- Records must evidence individual monitoring and training plans for horses in connection with individual training needs to complement their use within a riding school. This must be accompanied by evidence of regular and effective checks with saddler for comfort and fit
- Initial assessments must be undertaken for new riders and details of assessment recorded
- Documented risk assessment must be available for all such equipment, for example horse clippers, horse walkers, yard blowers, arena levelling equipment and any additional therapy based machines or equipment
- Documented risk assessment must be available for activities, including PPE requirements that include the appropriateness of PPE relative to different tasks and situations.
3 of the 5 criteria below must also be met:
- Horses will not be in reach of each other to bite and there will be room to work around them. Horses will be in view of each other, unless kept singly for management reasons, such as isolation or stallion management purposes
- There must be a separate secure, clean and well-lit veterinary inspection area that enables safe access to allow inspection of a horse
- There must be a separate well-lit, lockable, purpose-built feed room with water available and additional storage for supplements
- A competent person must be on-site at all times
- Independent specialist nutritional advice must be sought as appropriate for individual horses and documented alongside the weekly body condition scoring. Records must evidence individual health plans and monitoring for horses in connection with dietary requirements. There must be legible and up-to-date feed chart on display that informs correct feeding amounts for individual horses.
For more information please find the relevant guidance document attached above. If you have any queries regarding any information held in this register please contact the licensing team at: