Horse Board Maryland Licensed Stable

The Maryland Licensed Stable Network (MLSN)

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All Maryland stables who solicit the general public, and have ONE or more horses - and either give lessons,  board horses, have a rental service, offer Equine Therapy or Therapeutic Riding,  or are a rescue or sanctuary stable, are required by the State of Maryland to obtain and maintain licensing through the Maryland Horse Industry Board.​
The Fiscal Year for Maryland State Stable Licenses run June to June each year.
Your 2020 License expired on June 30th, 2020.

The licensing portal is open for FY21 license renewals on June 1, 2020, for commercial horse stables.​ 

If you have lost your login credentials,  go to the portal, click on the “log in” button and click on “forgot password.” Instructions will be emailed to you.

If you get a message that states “email is not found” or if you don’t receive the instructions, email anne.litz@maryland.gov so we can confirm or update your email. And then you will need to create an account, how to Create Account is available here after you speak with Anne.

LICENSEES who applied on paper*, please contact Anne Litz directly anne.litz@maryland.gov

*A Note on Paper Licenses: The MDA office is working remotely therefore paper applications will take weeks to receive and renew. A much slower process than online, but we will get your check processed and once the offices open back up we can print paper licenses, we just do not have a timeline on that at this time.

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Why is it the law that public stable must be licensed?
Marylanders care about their horses!
The one common theme among all three counties as well as the state is the welfare of the horses. It is to help ensure the safety and care of the horses that the state and these counties require licenses. 
Want to read more about Maryland's licensed stable law: Click Here.

Is your stable or the stable you are doing business with licensed?

If you do not see your stable or a stable listed, that stable is not currently licensed. 

Please contact anne.litz@maryland.gov to license, renew, or check a stable.
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Have a New Stable that needs to be Licensed?

To create an account in the Horse Industry Board Licensing Portal​ you will need to click on the How-to Guides then create an account following the steps provided in the How-To-Guides



Please Email anne.litz@maryland.gov, or Ross.Peddicord@maryland.gov if you have any questions, and please allow for a 24-hour time frame for us to respond as we may not be at our desk. We thank you for your patience and your stable!

Maryland Horse Industry Board

About the Network:

In 1968, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law requiring commercial stables to be licensed. Largely because of this law, and subsequent rulings and regulations, Maryland, which has a centuries-old reputation for high-quality horsemanship, became recognized as a national leader in horse and rider welfare. 

If you are:
A BOARDING, LESSON, RENTAL, RESCUE, or SANCTUARY Stable with one or more horses, and solicit business from the public, you must obtain a Maryland stable license. Exemptions include Thoroughbred, Standardbred and Steeplechase breeding and training farms.

To Obtain a New license :
  1. Click here to create an account in the Horse Industry Board Licensing Portal. 
  2. Click here for a "How to Guide" to obtain a new license. If you have trouble email Anne Litz anne.litz@maryland.gov or Ross Peddicord, Executive Director at 410-841-5798, ross.peddicord@maryland.gov 
  3. Fill out and submit the application and pay the $125 annual fee online. 
  4. Once MHIB Receives your application, a stable representative will contact you to set up an initial inspection.
  5. Once you pass inspection, you will receive your license, which must be posted in your stable.

To Renew a License:

  1. Click here to sign into your account with your email in the Horse Industry Board Licensing Portal. 
  2. Click here for a "How to Guide" to obtain a Renew license​. If you have trouble email Anne Litz anne.litz@maryland.gov or Ross Peddicord, Executive Director at 410-841-5798, ross.peddicord@maryland.gov 
  3. Fill out and submit the application and pay the $125 annual fee online. 
  4. Once MHIB Receives your application, you will receive your license, which must be posted in your stable.

BENEFITS

  1. Establishes a level of trust with clients that the stable is fully licensed by the state, is subject to unannounced inspections, and abides by state laws. Some customers will NOT do business with an establishment unless it is licensed.
  2. Being licensed is a badge of honor, or if you will, a Good Housekeeping TM Seal of Approval. It shows the operator is interested in equine welfare and cares about the safety of its customers.
  3. Shows that the stable is a bonafide, professional operation and part of a larger statewide network that is considered a national leader.
  4. Licensed stables can participate in marketing programs that have been established by MHIB to help grow the industry and are linked to other national programs, such as the American Horse Council’s “Time to Ride” program. Licensed stables are also eligible for certain local, state and federal cost-sharing programs to improve their facilities, and for grants made by the MHIB.
  5. It’s the law. By being licensed, an operation avoids operating illegally and subjecting itself to possible fines and other penalties.
    The Maryland Horse Industry Board
    Maryland Department of Agriculture
    50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
    Annapolis, MD 21401