Hi, we discussed this at my yard yesterday and there is a statement from BHS saying that those that own horses are still allowed to attend and ride etc as it counts as animal welfare and exercise just keep risk to a minimum to avoid strain on the NHS. Listening to the news this morning its looking likely that another full lockdown in England is possibly on the cards.
Ours are on grass livery at a small yard, but tend to go at different times so not a problem. However, we are careful about general hygiene, using gloves, social distancing etc and I doubt we will be riding together.
That's a shame as my horse has only just come back into work after 11 months off and is not good out on his own so not worth the risk. Looking after animals is essential, so you should be able to do so....it depends on your own livery yard how they manage the details.
Some livery yards restricted owners' access but that is a matter for discussion with You I have been avoiding the news lately due to the election in the USA is making me a nervous wreck.
Competitions have already been cancelled in large areas of England owing to the introduction of tier four restrictions to help tackle a significant rise in coronavirus cases. The prime minister announced the new tier four, the strictest level, for Kent, Buckingham shire, Berkshire, Surrey (excluding Waverley), Go sport, Havana, Portsmouth, Other and Hastings, all of London, Bedford, central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luzon, Peterborough, Hertfordshire and Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tending), on Saturday (19 December).
Outdoor facilities may be hired out, while adhering to permitted numbers of people, and owners and guardians of horses may travel to care for and exercise them “without restriction”. “In tier four, you are encouraged to follow the ‘stay at home’ message, but venues may open for activity within the permitted meeting numbers,” said a BEF spokesman.
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Riding a horse for exercise purposes is permitted at this time, but must be carried out within any UK government guidelines. We continue to request that riders, drivers and vaulters consider the risk of their activity, and to ride or exercise only where it is safe to do so and within their capabilities and fitness levels for themselves and their horse.
We would advise that one-to-one instruction for clients who keep their horses on site at a coach's home facility would be acceptable, provided COVID-19 practices are observed. For both face-to-face and online training, coaches must ensure that the necessary measures, risk assessments and safeguarding provisions are put in place, including checking insurance cover with their providers.
They should only ride a client’s horse where any shared clothing, tack or equipment has been appropriately disinfected and social distancing of two meters can be maintained at all times. BETA have produced a series of educational videos to help owners to 'triage' their horses and provide their vet with the essential information needed to gauge whether a face-to-face visit is necessary.
Vets are being asked to consider telephone and video consultations and, where a physical examination is necessary, the owner/handler/trainer should declare they are free from coronavirus. The Farriers Registration Council (FRC) has urged its members to return to work, provided they're following social distancing, public health and hygiene guidance.
Any registered farrier showing the symptoms of coronavirus should immediately follow the NHS guidance and must not practice farrier registered farriers should rigorously follow the guidance on social distancing, maintaining the 2 m distance between humans while conducting farrier at all times and in all locations registered farriers should regularly wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and should clean their tools and equipment, including between consultations. Where registered farriers use personal protective equipment, including face masks, this should be disposed of in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions and otherwise responsibly if challenged by the police or other law enforcement agency, registered farriers should present their registration card and draw attention to the FRC guidance.
For further details about the Government cash grants and financial schemes in place that might apply to your business, click here. Chancellor Right Sunk has announced support package for people who are self-employed, which will benefit a number of equestrian sector workers.
Please be aware that there are delays in processing change of addresses on non UK EU passports due to our restricted office opening hours. With restrictions in place across the UK, a key concern is how children, young people and adults at risk can be kept safe during this period.
The responsibility for safeguarding remains a high priority, but these unprecedented times will bring some unique challenges. During the coronavirus pandemic, we'd like to reassure you that the British Equestrian team is working from home and, for the most part, it's business as usual.
1 in 3 people with the virus show no symptoms, so the risk of transferring it to those more vulnerable is extremely high. Hospitals are facing extreme difficulty, with most beds being taken and little to no space in intensive care units.
However, leisure riding isn’t permitted, given the government’s latest ruling: “You can continue to exercise alone, with one other person or with your household or support bubble. Further information in the latest document states that “It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). The rules also state that You must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (for example, for work or education purposes).
The DSA has released a statement confirming that all driving and riding tests have been suspended until the restrictions are lifted. This includes ADI (Approved Driving Instructor) part 2 and 3 tests, and standard checks.
Affected riders will be forced to use public transport, and should contact their local riding school to discuss a future appointment as spaces will get taken quickly. The rules are broadly similar to those applied to England, though there’s no limit to the number of times you can exercise outside, and while construction and manufacturing remain open in both countries, most other services and stores will be closed.
Wales has been under ‘stay at home’ restrictions since 20 December, and while schools were expected to return, this has now been cancelled. Do NOT ride if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus must wear a face mask (or keep your full-face helmet on) when entering the service station to pay for fuel.
This Q&A is designed to help answer some questions those living and working in the equestrian world may have during the current situation. This Q&A is designed to help answer some questions those living and working in the equestrian world may have during the current situation.
If you need to use shared equipment such as wheelbarrows or hosepipes, disinfect the areas you’re touching or wear disposable gloves Avoid activities that carry an increased risk of injury and consider wearing an up-to-standard riding hat while handling your horse Assess your horse’s diet, and reduce energy intake according to the reduced levels of exercise you may be providing Limit the number of visitors to the yard, and ask that those who do visit closely follow hygiene and social distancing guidance Wash hands thoroughly before leaving the yard If you have hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol, use it to clean your hands when you get into your car Wash hands with warm water and soap straight away when you arrive home Have a specific “yard visit” towel to dry your hands on Get changed immediately into clean, fresh clothes This should include things like which rugs he wears, what he eats, any medication, where you keep your equipment and his normal routine.
Other tips include ensuring you have sufficient supplies and keeping in touch with your fellow liveries and yard owner through a WhatsApp group. Yes you can, provided you are following the Government rules regarding outdoor exercise (see point above: Can I ride my horse ?” for more details).
Practices are open, and the British Equine Veterinary Association told H&H it has advised members to minimize travel, and contact with others, risk-assess all procedures and use professional judgement on what action may be deferred. BHS guidance adds essential visits for the welfare of horses, such as farrier, vet and physio, can continue.
Yes, farriers have been allowed to continue their essential services throughout the lockdown restrictions, while taking precautions and using their judgement as to matters of priority and urgency. Any registered farrier showing the symptoms of coronavirus should immediately follow the NHS guidance on Covid-19 at and must not practice farrier.
Where registers farriers use PPE, including face masks, this should be disposed of in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions and otherwise responsibly. Make Space : Keep at least 2 m apart from all other persons, or 1 m if wearing a face mask while at consultations and at all other times.
If challenged by the police or other law enforcement agency in GB registered farriers should present their registration card and draw attention to this notice. Employers have a duty of care to their staff and the Government is also encouraging everyone to wash their hands frequently to reduce transmission of the virus.
It also urges yards to ensure there is sufficient access to appropriate working hygienic handwashing and drying facilities and to provide sanitizer at key location points on the premises. “We would advise 1:2:1 instruction at a coach’s ‘home’ facilities with clients who keep their horses on site would be acceptable provided COVID-19 practices are observed.
All competition and organized training is cancelled during lockdown and arena hire is not permitted, in line with the Government rules that people must stay home. The Government guidance states organized outdoor sport for disabled people are allowed to continue.
“Where there are exemptions, RDA members have been asked to consider the moral imperative to help stop the spread of the virus and ensure that anyone involved in sessions is happy to do so,” said the spokesman. There is also an exemption for activity where it is judged to be medically required or as part of an individual’s normal educational provision.
However, yards may need freelancers to help cover staff sickness and/or self-isolation periods, plus the Government has announced some measures in a bid to ease financial pressures. The Government has announced it will help businesses with fewer than 250 employees by funding two weeks of statutory sick pay.
There should be no indoor mixing of households You may take part in local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise that starts and finishes in the same place, up to five miles from the boundary of your local authority area, provided that you abide by the rules on meeting other households Riding centers and equestrian venues can continue to operate within the regulations and travel restrictions, including arena hire, provided the appropriate risk assessments and mitigation actions are in place Organized sport and exercise for under-12s can continue in line with workplace and socializing guidance and sport-specific guidance agreed Travel within your own local authority area is permitted for outdoor sport, exercise and recreation. This provision includes travel to local facilities for the training and exercising of horses and ponies on equine care and welfare grounds.
Travel exemptions apply to the attendance of a horse or pony by a vet or other equine professional Coaches may continue to operate within the travel restrictions and should not deliver a session to more than one person aged 12 or over at a time Coaches should only deliver sessions within an individual participant’s local authority area. Up to six people from no more than two households can meet in an outdoor setting (including a private garden), but with social distancing in place.