If you are a horse owner and you don’t keep your horse at home then you are still allowed to go and care for your horse. But it is important to have a plan in place should you have to self-isolate or there are restrictions put into place at the yard where you keep your horse.
• Speak to the other horse owners to ensure every horse at the yard has a care plan written down to include what they eat, what medication they have, what rugs they need, where you keep your equipment and what their normal routine is. Also write down your vets contact number in the event of an emergency.
• Ensure you have sufficient supplies of feed, bedding, medication – But please do not panic buy.
• You could set up a Facebook group chat or a WhatsApp group to enable all liveries to keep in contact with each other and to help look after each other’s horses where possible.
• Keep up to date with your veterinary practice for current policies regarding Coronavirus and visiting yards. Many veterinary practices have already advised not to leave your horses vaccinations until the last minute in the event that they have limited staff.
You are still allowed to ride your horse but please have in mind that riding is a high risk sport and the emergency services are currently under a lot of pressure.
With regards to travelling with your horses, the current government advice is must avoid all non-essential travel.
For further information please visit www.horseandhound.co.uk or www.bhs.org.uk

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