Following the introduction of more stringent measures to tackle the outbreak of Corona Virus/COVID 19 as announced by the Prime Minister on Monday 23 March we have put in place further measures to reduce the number of people attending the yard. In addition we have suspended the schooling and hacking of the ponies however they will remain exercised in hand. A summary below:
- All ponies to be brought in and checked over daily
- All rugs removed to eliminate the need for handling these
- Normal lunch feeds to be given with medications
- Hay will need to go out in fields and water checked as usual.
- Schooling and hacking have been suspended
- Farrier will continue to attend but will do the minimum possible
- Vets will continue to be consulted for emergencies
- The number of volunteers on site must also be an absolute minimum
- Only volunteers with green cards should be on site
- Bearing in mind the schools are closed no children who do not have green cards are allowed on site
- Any volunteers who are over 70 and have any underlying health conditions are advised not to come to the yard
- Any volunteers who have received the Government letter telling them to stay home for 12 weeks are not be at the yard under any circumstances.
For those volunteers at the yard
- The Coffee Room should preferably remain closed other than to get the key to the toilet or if Session Leaders need access to paperwork.
- Once the work is finished volunteers should immediately go home. There should be no social gathering
- Social distancing must be practised at all times (at least two metre separation)
- Volunteers must wear own gloves at the yard which are then washed when at home.
For many volunteers who regularly go to the yard these will be difficult times. However please be assured that the horses will be looked after and as soon as we are allowed to return to normal operations we will.