Updated 5 January 2021
The whole of England, with the exception of the Sicily Isles, entered lockdown on 5 January. On this page, we've tried to compile some of the key stakeholder questions to help you understand what the current situation means for you and your horse.
You can travel to care for and exercise a horse that you’re responsible for, without restriction. However, government guidance regarding social-distancing and public health measure should be followed.
You may only meet with members of your household, support bubble or one other in a public outdoor setting.
Equestrian venues and riding centres have been ordered to close for lessons, hire and competition. Hacking should only be done within the permitted numbers state above. Private facilities may be used by those who keep their horses on the premises, and travel to use private facilities should only be done where it is necessary for a horse’s welfare.
All venues have been ordered to close under the lockdown restrictions. You should not travel your horse to any venue unless it’s for welfare or veterinary reasons.
Livery yards can remain open for horse owners, loaners and sharers to care for and exercise their horse. However, the yard owner or manager may choose to put additional restrictions or public health measures in place for your safety.
Farriers, vets, dentists, physiotherapists, grooms and other equine practitioners can continue to operate, provided that they have COVID protocols and risk assessments in place to maintain safe working conditions. If you’re an equine practitioner and unsure about what you can and can’t do during lockdown, we recommend contacting your profession’s governing body.
Coaches can continue to travel to work where they can’t work from home. However, the overarching message of the lockdown is to stay at home. Coaches should read the guidance and assess whether there is a necessity to continue coaching face-to-face. We would advise that one-to-one instruction for clients who keep their horses on site at a coach's home facility would be acceptable, provided COVID practices are observed. Coaches should also check with their insurance provider before undertaking any activities.
Sadly, you must close for public lessons and activities. If you have horses on loan to clients and/or livery facilities, this element of the business may remain open for the care and exercise of those horses.
Further details about the national lockdown in England are available here.