Dropping in with an update regarding our farms position on operating within new security measures being taken with the Covid 19 situation. Being considered essential business due to the nature of our agricultural element, we will remain operational. We have plenty of staff living on farm to keep operations well under control. We have been in touch with all our suppliers and have confirmed they are also deemed essential ag businesses and will remain in operation, so no immediate fear for vital supplies or services that impact our operations.
We are doing our best to ensure that we operate as usual and continue taking the best care of our horses that we can, and that our clients can continue to visit their horses as usual, but while taking a few extra precautions. We will allow clients to come spend time and ride their horses as usual, but will have the following protocol in place to decrease risks.
- If you or anyone in your household has been ill in the past 6 days please do not come to the barn for another 6 days, and do your best to limit personal interaction with others. The virus may not come with the same symptoms to all and we are all potential carriers even without common symptoms.
- Use approved sanitizer, or wash your hands in the feedroom upon arrival at the barn. We will keep soap stocked at the sink. Please wear your riding gloves (to help keep from touching your face) for the entirety of your visit. Take them off just before leaving, then wash your hands in the feedroom immediately before leaving or use sanitizer. Do not touch anything on your way out to your vehicle. Feedroom mandoors will remain open so no need to touch them.
- Do not touch anyone else’s horses, tack or equipment. Including items in the feedroom. If you need something please reach out and let me know!
- Limit to 4 people in the main or lower barns at any given time. Plenty of outdoor spaces to groom and tack. Limit group rides to 4 people or less at a time. Please maintain the suggested 6 foot physical distance from others while on the property.
- If you wish to avoid the common areas you are welcome to keep equipment in your vehicle and use the outside tie spaces for grooming and tacking. There are several in the upper and lower barn available, just ask if you are not sure where to be!
- Essential doors to remain open to allow airflow and no need for physical contact with them.
- Disinfectant sprays bottles will be stationed near the washrack and in feedroom to spray anything communal you may need to touch, such as crossties, aisle cleaning equipment near shavings room, and the feedroom wash basin. Barn staff will spray these areas regularly, but you may also use them to sanitize anything you wish. It is safe for skin and fabric, but it may slightly discolor fabrics.
- Please be extra vigilant about your personal safety and of others around you regarding your activities with your horse. While we always strive to stay safe, in this time of crisis be particularly mindful about the additional risk involved in needing to visit an ER or doctors office, and the additional strain that would put on facilities and resources right now struggling to handle the virus.
These are the measures we can all rely on as of this moment to act as safely as possible. Of course, the situation is ever evolving, and as we learn more about the virus we may update our protocols to remain fluid with requirements and new methods of controlling it.
Keeping your horses well cared for and available to you is our priority. We understand how incredibly stressful these times are, and how important it is for you to continue being able to see your ponies to help cope through all this. With that said, we are doing our best to keep the doors open to you, while operating as socially responsible as we can to do our part not to contribute to the problem. We want this to be over with as quickly as possible, so we may all return to some sense of normalcy!
Thinking of you all in this time of stress. Be safe, be kind, be careful!