The Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS) is a statewide equine safety net initiative of the Maryland Horse Council that provides safe alternatives for horses needing homes by helping owners identify and select the best transition options for their horses. METS is a mobile service, meaning we don’t have a farm facility and we never take ownership of the horses we assist. Horses in need of transition come in every shape, size, breed, color, age, training level, and temperament. METS provides individualized services for these horses, including equine assessment, marketing assistance, end-of-life support, and facilitating the transition of horses to new homes. The program is unique because it works with a wide network of industry organizations and professionals to source the best options – from retraining to retirement – for these horses because no horse in Maryland should ever be at-risk of entering the slaughter pipeline. Many obstacles to placing horses in new homes can be removed when the industry works together to create a network of options for horses, to educate owners about these options, to assist owners when needed, and to select options that are based on the horse’s individual needs. With new national initiatives such as The Right Horse Initiative, the effort to provide options for “horses in transition” is on the rise. Maryland has taken the step to create and share resources to help both owners and horses as they transition into different stages of life.
So far, we have been very fortunate that nobody in our community has gotten ill, thankfully! And this must remain as a top priority going forward. As it would be a grave reality check if this were to change.
With the resumption of our activitIes, here are some important reminders that apply to EVERYONE
The Top 3 protective measures of MASKS, PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND PROTECTIVE GLOVES IF USING SHARED EQUIPMENT remain in effect indefinitely.
MASKS must be worn at all times, unless you are riding, when masks can be in your pocket. PHYSICALLY DISTANCING OF AT LEAST 6 FEET APART; other than our boarders and lesson students, we do not know who is related to whom. Because of this, everyone needs to remain at least 6 feet apart from another. Our county remains strict about this and we are Waredaca do also. If you are not wiling to comply, then we suggest you not visit until such time it is considered ‘safe’ without masks and distancing–thanks.
Worth the reminder …DO NOT come to the farm if you have any symptoms such as fever, coughing, or unusual shortness of breath. Or if you have been exposed to anyone with Corona-like symptoms. BE SMART about this!
Also, for everyone at the farm–students, parents, visitors, boarders, ALL must completed and submit an updated Liability/Release Waiver effective May 1 forward. This is only available online on our website– check the Home Page for details.
Please only use the porta pots. There is disinfectant in each area. Every user is responsible for sanitizing for the next user.
Come out by yourself. We want to limit the number of people on the farm. If you need someone to drive you out, please limit it to one person and have them stay out of the barn areas. Spectators are not welcome at this time; hopefully soon tho.
We are working hard to keep our staff safe and healthy. Your cooperation is vital. This needs to be ‘our’ policy going forward, following the CDC, local state and Federal recommendations. We welcome your suggestions of safeguarding our farm too. Our thanks in advance for your assistance and support to make this happen.
Gretchen, Robert, Steph, Rob, Gayle, Travis, Colleen and Melanie