The British Horse Society (BHS) are encouraging equestrians to resume horse riding activity following the Prime Ministers’ statement on the current UK’s lockdown situation due to the worldwide pandemic of Coronavirus.
As of 13th May 2020 the UK Government have amended the Covid-19 restrictions for England and have produced a recovery strategy for people to follow which includes:
- Taking unlimited outdoor exercises with members of your household
- Meeting up or taking exercise with one person maximum from outside your household in an outdoor setting whilst maintaining social distancing
- Returning to work if you can not work from home
The BHS are now encouraging the equestrian community to resume riding whilst maintaining social distancing and staying alert to control the virus. Following the Governments’ statement, British Equestrian, who are in discussions with British Dressage, British Eventing, British Showjumping and the Pony Club and are awaiting an equestrian specific guidance from Sport England. BHS will then release further guidance for equestrians to follow for horse riding activities, competition, yard owners and equine businesses.
If you have not been riding during lockdown or turned your horses out for a holiday then the BHS have provided some guidance on a safe way for both you and your horse to be brought back into work as well as guidance on riding safely on the roads.