Updated 17 May 2021
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 meet with up to five other people or two households for outdoor or indoor exercise or socialising.
Hacking should only be done within the permitted numbers state above. Outdoor and inddoor training/competition venues and facilities are now open, there may be limits on numbers by venues. Lessons and facility hire is permitted, with restrictions on indoor usage and group numbers. Lead rein sessions can take place at the centre's discretion
You can, but the re may be limits on numbers for indoor facilities.
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. Sport England have confirmed that where outdoor sport is an organised activity, there are no limits on group sizes. Organised outdoor sport and physical activity must be formally organised by a qualified instructor, club, national governing body, company or charity and follow sport specific guidance where appropriate. Indoor coaching can take place on a one-to-one basis for adults, or to a single household or bubble. For under-18 or disabled riders, there is no restriction on numbers for coaching.
Coaches should also check with their insurance provider before undertaking any activities.
Riding centres reopened from 29 March, and sessions can take place indoors and outdoors as of 17 May. Venues may put number limits in place due to space restrictions. Lead rein session can take place at the centre's discretion.
Competitions resumed on 29 March in outdoor settings and full use of indoor arenas was permitted from 17 May. There are no limits on numbers but there may be restrictions by NGBs/venues to ensure the safety of competitors. Show officials do not count in the gathering numbers.
Spectators are limited to those shows/venues who can provide a ticketed entry and COVID measures. Please check with the venue direct.
Further details about the national lockdown in England are available here.
Sport England have a helpful Q&A section here which is broken down into steps one, two and three.