While we’re thankful that horseback riding lends itself to social distancing, we are taking extra measures to ensure we all stay safe.
Lessons will be limited to FOUR students per class, and private lessons will be available if enough time allows. The only exception to a group larger than four riders are families that have been under quarantine together.
We have made some adjustments to grooming, the use of SHEC tack and the breezeway areas to help better social distance our students and our wranglers.
- Hand sanitizer will be placed in the following areas: on a table down by the lower parking area, by the green tack shed, by the porta-potty, and in the breezeway. Please sanitize your hands upon arrival.
- Masks are required when within 6’ of another person. Riders are NOT expected to wear masks while riding, but please have them available while cinches are being tightened and while in the breezeway.
- Horses will be tied in the breezeway a minimum of 15 feet apart. Markers have been placed on the railings where horses should be tied.
- Lessons will also be “staggered.” Some will start at the top of the hour, others at the bottom of the hour. For example, one of Erin’s lessons may start at 3:00 pm, while one of Vicki’s would begin at 3:30 pm. This way, we can reduce the number of people in the breezeway at any given time.
- We will also have buckets of a “simple green” solution in the aisle way to be used on the brushes and to dip the reins in after students use them.
- Students ONLY will be allowed in the aisle way. Parents will be allowed to watch their child, once they are in the arena, from the bleachers or chairs.
- Saddles will be wiped down with disinfecting wipes after each use.
- We will be allowing the use of our schooling helmets. All helmets will be sprayed with Lysol and left to dry after each use. However, if you do have your own helmet, please bring it.
- All of our common touched areas will also be disinfected daily. Those areas include latches, doorknobs, sink handles, railings where horses are tied most often, wash racks, etc.
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to instruct riders that need to be led in a group setting. We can, however, lead line those riders in a private/lunge line setting.
A few final notes on health and safety:
- If you or a family member is ill in ANY way, STAY HOME!
- We are not accepting new beginner riders at this time. We will, however, accept those who have riding experience.
- Please park at 7933 W. Lilac Rd (the lower parking lot) and NOT in the Caminito Quieto parking lot. It will be much easier to maintain social distancing this way.
- Please practice social distancing whenever you are on the property. This includes parents watching their kids ride and keeping a safe distance from instructors and the other riders.
- For guidelines on how to protect yourself and others, please visit the CDC website.