Lockdown activities for equestrians

Lockdown 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.

            HySHINE Magic Sparkle 2 In 1 Shampoo And ConditionerKevin Bacon's Hoof Dressing

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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. NAF Leather Soft Soap

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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.

HKM Rose Gold Grooming Box   Haas Girly Girl Diva Lambskin Body Brush

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It’s ok to visit your horse as long as you follow the measures. But of course, stay at home as much as possible.

Finally, remember...

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.

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Author

Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

Comments

  • Susie Miles posted on April 10 2020 at 07:04 AM

    As I have time on my hands I thought I would give my two Dartmoor ponies a really good grooming! While doing under a tummy and not paying attention to the front end I got severely bitten on the head! Result two very sore lumps & a very grumpy pony!!

  • Jacqueline Wigley posted on April 10 2020 at 07:04 AM

    I laughed out loud when I read your advice. You are a superstar. I ride two horses almost every day and my tack and grooming boxes are a disgrace. Thank you for the prod to at last do something about it!

  • . Julie posted on April 10 2020 at 07:04 AM

    Have been taking my 3 for walks, in the woods. Up& down hills as on edge of Southdowns, gets us all fit.

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