Lockdown activities for equestrians
As strict measures are now in place for everyone as a result of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), being with your horsey friends is not an option and may not be for a while.
Furthermore, competing and hacking out for many equestrians may be limited or completely banned.
Nonetheless, all equestrians do have a duty of care to their horses and going to see them constitutes not only a form of exercise but also essential travel. Not to mention the extra time you may have is a good opportunity for you to focus on your horse’s welfare and well being.
So what can you do as an equestrian during the lockdown? Here are a few ideas we've come up with at EQUUS.
Tip #1 Give your horse a lovely bath
Pamper your pony and treat him to a bath now that the weather’s warmer. Wash him with shampoo for a clean, shiny and freshly scented coat, mane and tail. Do you have a white horse or does your horse have white feet? Use a special shampoo to get the white surfaces extra white. Finally, treat his hooves with a hoof oil or balm.
Tip #2 Clean your tack
Clean your tack to keep it in good condition as if it's not being used it can dry out or, if it's in a damp tack room, it can go mouldy. Always make sure that your leather is clean before you start treating it with oil or conditioner. Clean the leather with water and a special soap and wait for it to dry. Then treat it with an oil or conditioner.
Tip #3 Clean your grooming kit and box
First remove as much hair as possible from your brushes and then scrub them clean with a bucket of clean water and, for example, a splash of shampoo. Give your grooming box a good scrub or, if you've got a grooming bag instead, pop it in the washing machine.
It’s ok to visit your horse as long as you follow the measures. But of course, stay at home as much as possible.
Remember, it's really important that we all follow the latest Government guidance:
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home.
Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.