Horse Riding During Coronavirus

We here at Twin L Performance Horses would like to share some words of comfort about the impact of coronavirus (otherwise known as COVID-19) on our activities.

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It is safe and legal to come to the Twin L barn.  In fact, the governor’s executive order says that “Engaging in outdoor exercise activities” is essential.

First and foremost, there are no known cases of horse to human transmission of the coronavirus. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), “Transmission primarily occurs when there is contact with an infected person’s bodily secretions, such as saliva or mucus droplets in a cough or sneeze. Transmission via touching a contaminated surface or object (i.e., a fomite) and then touching the mouth, nose, or possibly eyes is also possible but appears to be a secondary route. Smooth (non-porous) surfaces (e.g., countertops, door knobs) transmit viruses better than porous materials (e.g., paper money, pet fur) because porous, especially fibrous, materials absorb and trap the pathogen (virus), making it harder to contract through simple touch.”

As for human-to-human transmission of COVID-19, at Twin L Performance Horses we have taken extra precautions to ensure that our riders and their guests are safe.

(1). We keep you close to the horse and at a distance from other people.  By nature, our sport provides one of the best ways to exercise while maintaining social distance. In our large arena it simply isn’t possible to get closer than the recommended six-feet away from another rider: remember, horses are big!

(2). We clean and thoroughly disinfect all tack between riders.

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(3).  We have set up hand-washing and disinfectant gel stations. By now we all know that nothing beats soap and water for battling this disease.  And we do check on whether everyone has remembered to keep clean.

(4.) Our riders are instructed not to congregate in the usual places and requested that those riders who take a lift have only the driver in the car.

So, there it is, straight from the horse’s mouth! And one last word of comfort: riding is as good for your soul as it is for your body. So come outside and ride!

Most importantly, be supportive, be careful, be alert and be kind!