Starting a Tack Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: July 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Tack shops stock a wide range of equestrian supplies and equipment including protective clothing, helmets, boots, saddles, tack, horse feed, and horse clothing and grooming equipment. Some tack shops also provide helmet and saddle fitting (usually fitting saddles on horses at customers' premises), tack repairs and rug, girth and numnah washing.

Tack shops typically supply both private and commercial horse owners including breeders, trainers, riding schools and livery services as well as professional riders such as show jumpers and eventers. As well as trading from traditional retail premises, tack shops increasingly trade online.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a tack shop. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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