All working horses in NYC must have a license issued by the Office of Veterinary Public Health Services (VPHS). Working horses include all horses that are offered to the public for hire and owners can get information about how to license their horse at NYC Business.
In order to operate a horse drawn carriage in NYC drivers must have a current horse driver’s license issued by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. Only applicants that successfully pass the Horse Drawn Carriage Operator’s Course may apply for a horse driver’s license. If you are interested in operating a horse drawn carriage, and would like to apply for the Horse Drawn Carriage Operator’s Course, please visit the Health Academy.
Every rental horse required to be licensed hereunder shall be examined by a veterinarian prior to its use in a rental horse business, at interval of 4 to 8 months from license date and at time of license renewal.
Call 911 to report the abuse or neglect of an animal.
New York City Health Code §161.21 (PDF), now requires that all horse owners and stable operators maintain proof of rabies vaccinations for all horses that are maintained or brought into New York City for any purpose. This includes privately owned horses that are not licensed to work. Proof of rabies vaccination must be provided to the Department upon request.
Local Law 10 of 2010 amended Administrative Code provisions require:
See Caring for the Working Horse in NYC.
Two forms are required to register a new rental horse.
Original forms are submitted to Veterinary Public Health Services either in person or by mailing to Veterinary Public Health Services, 125 Worth Street, CN66, New York, NY, 10013. The fee is $25.00. Only check or money orders are accepted and must be made payable to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Rental Horse renewal applications are mailed to the Rental Horse Permit Holders approximately 45 days prior to expiration of the permit. Please ensure the information on the renewal application is correct and submit with a Rental Horse Certificate of Health. The Certificate of Health must be completed by a NYS licensed veterinarian and the original Certificate of Health, must be submitted within 30 days of the veterinarian’s examination. Renewal form and health certificate may be submitted in person or by mailing it to the Office of Veterinary Public Health Services 125 Worth Street, CN66, New York, NY, 10013. The fee is $25.00. Only check or money orders are accepted and must be made payable to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
A Horse License application form must be filled out with the corporation as the new owner. Additionally you must be up to date with applicable biannual exam and furlough at time of your submission. Submit the application in person or by mailing to Veterinary Public Health Services, 125 Worth Street, CN66, New York, NY, 10013. No fee is required.
The original owner must inform Veterinary Public Health Services within 10 days of the disposition (sold, retired) of their rental horse by mail or in person. Additionally the original owner must provide a bill of sale to the new owner for their records.
Horse licenses are non-transferrable. The new owner must obtain a license for such horse within fifteen days after the date of the transfer of ownership if the horse is to be used for rental purposes. The new owner will need to comply with the new license application process and fees.
A horse License application must be filled out with the phrase “Lost Tag” written across the top. All furlough and biannual exams must be up to date at time of submission. The fee is $25.00. Only check or money orders are accepted and must be made payable to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Submit the application in person or by mailing to Veterinary Public Health Services, 125 Worth Street, CN66, New York, NY, 10013.
All rental horses must stop working and be brought back to the stable when the temperature reaches 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32oC) and above in the summer and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (8oC) or below in the winter.
A Carriage horse must be five (5) year of age before it can start working in NYC. A horse must retire by the time it reaches twenty-seven (27) years of age.
The course is offered four times a year - in January, April, July, and October. It is 12 hours in length, and is conducted over two days. There are video presentations and a written exam on the first day, and a practical exam on the second day. See the dates.