Can I ride my horse during lockdown?

To ride or not to ride? Many equestrian are questioning if they should or shouldn’t ride during lockdown in case they put unnecessary pressure on the NHS. Here at The Horse Exchange we clarify what some of the equestrian bodies have stated.

The British Horse Society have put out the following advice:-

“There are no specific government guidelines around whether we should still be out riding at present. Our strong advice is that it is not appropriate to put unnecessary pressure on the emergency services now or for the foreseeable future. It is incumbent on all of us to make an individual decision as to whether riding is necessary at all but our choices should be mindful of the potential impact for ourselves and others.”

On 24th March 2020 The British Equestrian Federation issued the following statement:-

“The welfare of horses, and other livestock, is still essential, making your travel as an employee, owner or volunteer to provide care valid under the current guidance. Please keep your own health and safety in mind, as well as that of everyone around you.”

Also on 24th March 2020 The British Horse Society stated:-

“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 owner respect the protocol put in place by the yard owner or manager and work as a team to agree a care plan for your horses”

At The Horse Exchange we are fortunate to be in lockdown with the horses on site. We have continued to ride whilst isolated however we are doing lots of fun things with the horses like polework. We aren’t testing ourselves or the horses, just using this time to build our relationships with the horses and enjoy riding in the sunshine.