Covid-19: HSI issues guidance on exercising horses

Horse Sport Ireland has issued the following advice on exercising your horses during the ‘Stay at Home’ phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.

They’re advising the following:

  • Extra care should be taken not to take undue risks when handling and exercising horses at this time, due to the increased pressure on the hospital system due to Covid-19.  Therefore, precautions such as lunging fresh horses prior to riding or using horse walkers if available, should be taken.
  • The primary aim is to take care of the health and welfare of our horses, while also preventing any unnecessary accidents.  As the virus can also be spread through contact points, be mindful to take extra precautions to prevent covid-19 virus transfer on taps, hoses, buckets, tack and equipment.
  • Many feed suppliers have put in place measures to limit face to face contact on their premises such as payment online and over the phone.  Please contact your feed supplier before arriving at the store to check protocols.
  • Ensure all bio security and human health preventative measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are adhered to at all times as outlined by the HSE.

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