An UPDATE ON COVID-19 for OUR VALUED WAREDACA CLIENTS
as of March 19, this is how our business will operate while complying with the recommendations of the CDC and their practical but necessary implications on the riding industry. Borrowing from relevant language from various knowledgeable sources, here are the policies in effect:
THURSDAY, MARCH 19 thru SUNDAY, March 29:
ALL GROUP LESSONS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. For those who are currently enrolled in the spring group series, once resume lessons, the session date will be extended to cover the required number of lessons for the series.
FOR THOSE TAKING PRIVATE LESSONS, ENROLLED IN THE HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM AND/OR DOING PRACTICE RIDES:
You may continue to do this and possibly add practice rides after discussing with your instructor. Contact them directly; anyone needing contact info, email [email protected] for details.
Our number one priority is the safety of YOU, OUR STAFF AND CLIENTS and the equestrian community.
We are NOT discouraging people from enjoying our horses BUT it is very important that you abide by what follows:
IF YOU ARE COMING TO THE FARM TO RIDE, HERE ARE THE STRONG RECOMMENDATIONS TO BE FOLLOWED:
· Do not organize group riding of any kind. Social distancing does apply to riding; keep your distance from others. COVID-19 person-to-person transmission primarily occurs when an infected person sends out respiratory droplets via either sneezing or coughing. Please practice and enforce the 6 feet social distancing rule until it becomes second nature to you. That means no hacking out horses side-by-side, no casual chats with friends in the tack room and so on.
Before You Visit The Barn:
- Monitor your own health. DO NOT go to the barn or take your horse schooling if you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, coughing, or unusual shortness of breath.
- Feeling exhausted? Not sure if you “have something? Take your own temperature and rule out a fever.
- Do not go to the barn if you have been in an airport in the last 14 days.
- Use the bathroom at your home, rather than the barn. The fewer areas you access around the barn, the easier it is on barn employees.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before you leave the house.
- WEAR DISPOSABLE GLOVES—AN EASY WAY TO SAFEGUARD WHEN USING SHARED EQUIPEMENT.
- It is also recommended that you keep “outdoor” clothing separate from “indoor” clothing and change before entering your houses.
How To Visit Your Horse.
- Do what you can to avoid showing up to ride at the same time as other boarders. Set up a group text and deconflict ride times. Remember that vets & farriers need to visit the facility too- and they count as part of 10 people.
- Sanitize your hands upon arrival.
- THERE IS A HANDWASHING STATION BETWEEN THE OBSERVATION AND TACK ROOM AND HAND SANITIZERS IN EACH OF THE PORTAPOTS.
While less common, a person can also contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. The staff who cares for your horses will be under considerable strain to sanitize surfaces and limit your exposure risk. Shared barn items like pitch forks, pencils, wheelbarrows, hoses, etc., are to be used as requested above.
- Avoid touching things such as doorknobs, lockers, stall door latches and light switches unnecessarily. Limit your use of common barn tools such as pitchforks, etc. Limit your stall contact to just the one that contains your horse.
- Ride your horse outside (in the sunlight) away from others as much as possible. While on horseback, practice the 6-foot separation rule.
- Sanitize anything you’ve touched before you depart. USE SPRAY DISINFECTANT OR HAND WIPES IF AVAILABLE OR BRING YOUR OWN SUPPLIES.
Smile at the staff and thank them for their work. They are under a lot of stress right now and appreciate your support.
After You Leave:
Keep in mind many equestrian businesses & service providers are struggling financially to cope with the pandemic’s impact.
· Post a nice note/facility photo on social media and tag the farm.
· Pay fees and board electronically, on time, as much as possible.
NOTHING has changed with the uncertainty of the situation and the continued dominance of COVID-19 in the media. The CDC offers useful guidelines which all of us must follow to insure a healthy outcome–cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/FAQ Rather than listing all of the suggestions, please refer to what they advise.
In closing, Waredaca is fully aware of the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus and will continue to closely monitor as is the rest of the world. Thanks for your patience, support and understanding of the balance we are trying to encourage and monitor as properly as possible with you and your horse.
Gretchen, Robert, Steph and the entire staff
Stay Safe & ‘Hug’ Your Horse