Yard Scheme Is A Nationwide Success
Horse Society reports demand for approval at ten a day
livery yards throughout the country have now been given permission
to display the coveted green plaque, proving that it has passed
a searching inspection and met demanding standards under The British
Horse Society Livery Yard Approvals Scheme.
than 30 other yards are in various stages of inspection or examination
before a final decision is made on their suitability to be admitted
to the scheme.
scheme, launched in July last year, is supported by the British
Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), the International League for
the Protection of Horses (ILPH), the Royal Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the Scottish Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) and Home of Rest for Horses. It is
sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers, Intervet and Merial
in the scheme has been intense, with up to 2,000 information packs
distributed and the BHS receiving up to ten requests for information
daily. "Proprietors are very much aware that this is the way
forward," said Mrs Lesley Barwise-Munro, BEVA information office
and chairman of the committee responsible for the launch.
has added weight because of the government's interest in bringing
in compulsory licensing, in line with other animal boarding establishments.
If this eventually happens, BHS approval standards should almost
certainly be in line with those expected for licensing"
are discovering early benefits of membership. Insurance discounts
of up to 25 per cent, for instance, do in many cases cover the costs
the committee, which met recently at Stoneleigh to review progress,
is considering ways in which the scheme can be made even more attractive,
among them arranging product discounts.
benefits are quickly becoming obvious around the country,"
says Mrs Barwise-Munro. "Some local authorities are referring
proprietors to the scheme, and in one area the local fire brigade
is sending staff to learn how to deal with horses in a fire.
most of all, we are delighted at the way livery yards have responded
to this scheme, which came about originally because veterinary surgeons
were becoming concerned about various aspects of welfare. The interest
is highlighting that livery yards have to compete, and they have
to provide certain standards of care for both owners and their horses
in order to achieve a profitable level of business."
on The British Horse Society Livery Yard Approval Scheme can be
obtained from Mrs Christine Doran, tel: 01926 707700