The British Horse Society is closely monitoring the Government’s advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. The situation is changing daily and as a result it is strongly advised that horse owners put together a care plan for their horse should you have to self-isolate or become ill.
We fully appreciate – and understand – the current challenges faced by all our members, to include Approved Centres (ACs) and Accredited Professional Coaches (APCs,) as a result of the unprecedented COVID-19 public health crisis. The Government’s directive as of 20:30 on Monday, 23rd March is for everyone to stay at home unless travel is absolutely necessary.
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 owners respect the protocol put in place by the yard owner or manager and work as a team to agree a care plan for your horse(s).
We are getting a lot of questions in relation to riding your horse, for which there are no specific government guidelines at present. We advise that it is not appropriate to put unnecessary pressure on the emergency services and everyone should make their own individual decision as to whether riding is necessary at this time.
The health and welfare of your horse is your priority. If you have any concerns please contact your vet, yard manager or the BHS and we will do our best to assist you. You can contact us via telephone on 02476 840517 (calls may be recorded for monitoring purposes) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is also important to look after your wellbeing during these next uncertain few weeks.
Please note, while the guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation. Please bear with us while we make these changes.
- The BHS' Latest Statement regarding Coronavirus - 24/03/2020
- BHS Approved Centre FAQs – Government Business Support - 23/03/2020
- Updated statement to Approved Centres and Accredited Professional Coaches - 21/03/2020
- UK Government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy - Businesses & Employers Bulletin - 20/03/2020
- The British Horse Society latest statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19) - 20/03/2020
- The BHS Postpones upcoming assessments - 18/03/2020