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Riding Stables


Since 1974 the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) has licensed and regulated horse riding stables offering six or more horses or ponies for rent for riding purposes. Due to state financial constraints, MDARD can no longer operate the horse riding stable program. Therefore, effective August 1, 2009, the department is suspending the horse riding stable program.

In addition, effective today, MDARD will no longer accept new applications for a riding stable license. Although MDARD will no longer be regulating riding stables, all riding stable operators are advised to use the laws and regulations concerning riding stables as guidelines for animal care in their facilities. Complainants wishing to file complaints against riding stables will be directed to local law enforcement agencies.

Laws and Regulations

The laws relative to Riding Stables are (follow the links):

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