Breeding and horse exercise advice as we are locked down during COVID-19
What can we do during COVID-19 in a time that few of us can get out much? Tips and advice for this strange time.
The Canadian government has exercised significant public health measures to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is kept to a bare minimum. Generally speaking, the rule is simple: stay at home as much as possible. However, just as much as we know some people enjoy online free blackjack in Canada, some of us have animals to take care of. In that event, staying home is not going to be as simple as it sounds. You have an animal that you feel obligated to take care of and want to see as much as possible.
That is why you can use these guidelines to assist you in speaking instances, even though you should always observe your local guidelines. But these frequently asked questions should help you out a bit.
Can I travel to the yard when only essential travel is allowed
Horse welfare is absolutely critical, and the sole carer (the only person who attends to the horse every day) or the grooms should still be allowed to travel to provide care for horses. If you have a horse that is kept in a livery the advice is currently that you respect the protocol in place by the manager or yard owner and that you talk to them about a possible care plan.
During this pandemic, the yard routine with inevitable change and the services provided by the yard owner is also likely to change. That is why it is essential to be in constant communication and be kept aware of any proposed changes.
What about transporting your horse?
Transporting your horse is not likely to be classed as essential travel at this time unless there is a veterinary emergency or welfare reason.
Tip: make sure to write a care plan for your horse
In order to reduce the risk to your house in case you become ill, it is a good idea to have a care plan written up for your house. Not only will this help you isolate yourself from others, but again you drastically reduce the odds of becoming ill at the same time as someone else.
Write down the regular routine for your house—the amount of hay given daily if they are stabled and mention any additional feed as well. If you have your equipment locked away, make sure that you inform someone else about the combination codes or provide a spare key.
Animals and Covid19 – additional tips and comments
- Because of the increased pressure on the hospital system due to COVID-19, it is vital that you take extra steps to avoid all undue risks when exercising or handling horses at this time. The last thing you want is to injure yourself when hospitals are already working to capacity. That is why it is important to take precautions such as using horse walkers if available or lunging fresh horses before riding.
- Even though for many of us, the primary aim is taking care of the welfare and health of our horses, we must also prevent unnecessary accidents. Make sure to take extra precautions to prevent the transfer of the COVID-19 virus in equipment, buckets, hoses, and taps.
- Many feed suppliers have measures in place to limit face-to-face contact, including ordering online and over the phone or completing a payment online. Make sure that you contact your feed supplier to check protocols before you arrive.
The most important thing that the entire equestrian community can do now is show cooperation and patience at a strange and unprecedented time. The priority is and should be to protect the health and safety of all our equestrian community. We can only hope that the virus moves quickly, and everyone remains safe.