Starting a Tack Shop

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading 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 services such as saddle fitting (usually on a mobile basis at customers' premises), tack repairs and rug, girth and numnah washing.

Tack shops typically supply to both consumers and trade customers including breeders, trainers, riding schools and livery services. As well as trading from traditional retail premises, tack shops increasingly sell via e-commerce.

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 some of the key trading issues. It also identifies some of the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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