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TRANSPORTING HORSES

When it comes to transporting horses in the UK, to Europe, or internationally, it can be confusing to know what paperwork you need. 

Transporting Horses is the comprehensive go to guide, explaining everything you need to know from qualifications, to licenses and all of the information in between. 


WHAT DO I NEED TO DRIVE? 

Do you know what license, welfare qualifications or professional qualifications that you need to drive each type of vehicle?

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DRIVING LICENSES

Depending on which type of vehicle you use to transport horses, you will need one of a variety of driving licences. Our guide explains more. 

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PROFESSIONAL Requirements 

There are some additional requirements for those that drive horses for 'reward'. If you are a groom you are most likely to be driving for economic gain and will probably need more than just a driving license. 

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VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS 

There are a number of legal requirements that must be fulfilled before a vehicle is allowed to be driven on the road. Make sure you are road legal. 

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WELFARE QUALIFICATIONS 

Animal welfare legislation requires anybody who transports horses in connection with an economic activity to hold a Certificate of Competence for the handling and transporting of horses. 

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WELFARE REQUIREMENTS 

This page covers regulations and requirements surrounding animal welfare and how it affects you and the vehicle you are driving.

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RESPONSIBILITIES 

There are responsibilities that the driver, groom, attendant groom and the employer or vehicle owner must adhere to. Everything is fine until something goes wrong - so protecting yourself for every 'what if' is critical. 

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TRANSPORTING SAFELY 

Some things are critical to check for both your vehicle and yourself before you transport horses. Our practical guide helps you to prepare for safe travel as well in transit, and what to do in an emergency. 

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INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT 

Transporting horses outside of the UK can be complex! There are many rules and regulations that you must adhere to. Find out more about export, customs, general rules and flying horses. 

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TRAVELLING ABROAD: YOU 

When transporting horses internationally, it can be easy to get caught up in all the requirements for your horses and forget about yourself. Use our guide to make sure you are as prepared as the horses. 

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TRANSPORT CAREERS 

Some grooms transport horses as part of their day-to-day responsibilities, but others make a career out of it. We find out more about making a career out of transporting horses.

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TRANSPORT CHECKLIST 

What do I need to remember for travelling in the UK and abroad. Have a look at our comprehensive checklist to make sure you don't forget anything before you leave. 

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What the personal accident policy covers you for:

  • Whilst at work
  • All stable duties – mucking out, grooming, washing off, turning out
  • Clipping
  • Riding – including hacking and jumping
  • Hunting
  • Lunging
  • Breaking in
  • Holding horse for a vet and other procedures
  • Travelling horses both in the UK and abroad
  • Competing in line with your job including: jumping, dressage, eventing
  • Injuries that may happen to you whilst you are teaching - but you must also be grooming as part of your duties and not be a sole instructor

What the personal accident policy doesn’t cover you for:

  • Riding in a race, point to point or team chase
  • Stunt Riding
  • Accidents occurring whilst travelling to and from work
  • Riding and competing your own horse (but you can upgrade when applying for membership to include this)
  • Public Liability – this is a separate insurance policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance
  • Care Custody and Control – this is a separate policy - the Freelance Groom Liability Insurance

If you require additional cover then please contact KBIS directly.

   GROOM  RIDER  EMPLOYER

When you are working for other people you do most of the following; muck out, turn out/catch in, tack up, groom horses, exercise Horses (including hacking, jumping and schooling), in the care of your employer/client.

 
YES

 
NO

 
NO

Predominantly ride horses for other people including schooling, exercising and competing.   
NO
 
YES

YES
 Provide grooming services for someone else either full time or on a freelance basis i.e. an employer or a client.   
YES

NO

NO
Employ staff – have an employers liability policy in your name NO NO YES
Buy and sell horses NO YES YES
 

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