The BHS has been closely monitoring the Government’s advice as the situation is changing daily. As a result it is strongly advised that horse owners put together a care plan for their horse should you they to self-isolate or become ill.
In its statement the BHS said: “We fully appreciate – and understand – the current challenges faced by all our members, to include Approved Centres and Accredited Professional Coaches as a result of the unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis. The Government’s directive as of 20:30 on Monday, 23rd March is for everyone to stay at home unless travel is absolutely necessary.”
However, it reiterated that horse welfare is critical and grooms or the sole carer for a horse should travel to provide care for horses. Where horses are kept in livery the BHS advises that horse owners respect the protocol put in place by the yard owner or manager and work as a team to agree a care plan.
It added: “We are getting a lot of questions in relation to riding your horse, for which there are no specific government guidelines at present. We advise that it is not appropriate to put unnecessary pressure on the emergency services and everyone should make their own individual decision as to whether riding is necessary at this time.”
It finished by saying that the health and welfare of your horse is your priority, and if you have any concerns please contact your vet, yard manager or the BHS who will endeavour to assist.