Please note - we will keep information in this area as up to date as possible, however, due to the fast-moving nature of the current situation, news and guidelines are constantly changing. We will endeavour to update with further guidance when appropriate.
Updated advice regarding horse riding in England - 01/06/2020
You can ride a horse, providing that you are alone, with members of your own household or with no more than 5 other people from a different household. You should observe social distancing where possible when encountering other riders or the public.
You are allowed to visit venues like a riding club to exercise. You should only do so alone, with members of your household or with no more than 5 other people from another household as long as you can remain 2 metres away from them.
You should not gather with people from outside of your household indoors. You should check ahead to ensure that these facilities are open and prepared to receive visitors.
Updated advice regarding horse riding in Scotland – 29/05/2020
Groups of up to eight people from two different households can meet outside with immediate effect, from Friday 29 May.
Specific supplementary advice was issued around coaching as follows:
- One to one personal training or coaching is permitted if it is outdoors, physical distancing can be maintained, and is with members of your household and/or members of one other household.
- A coach or personal trainer should not deliver training to more than one household at any one time or provide training to more than one household per day.
- When participating in training or coaching, where possible, avoid touching surfaces and sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face.
In Scotland, people can ride as often as they wish outdoors, providing they do this alone, with members of their household or another household. You can travel locally to exercise your horse within the Scottish government’s recommendation of five miles. Where two households come together it is up to a maximum of eight people at any one time, maintaining social distancing at all times. Additionally, members of a household should only meet with one other household per day.
Updated advice re horse riding in Wales – 01/06/2020
Two households from the same local area (up to five miles from home) can meet in outside spaces, including private gardens, from Monday 1 June.
In all instances, social distancing restrictions apply and people will be required to remain at least two metres apart at all times. This applies to outdoor spaces only and individuals should not enter other people’s homes or indoor facilities, unless it is to access someone’s garden. Strict hygiene practices in terms of washing hands should continue to be followed at all times.
Updated advice on 13/05/2020
The Countryside Alliance recognises that members of the equestrian community wish to ride to maintain fitness levels of horse and rider and to enjoy the many other mental and physical benefits of equestrian activities, however we urge that consideration is given to the risk involved and to only ride or exercise where it is safe to do so.
Please note, the following guidance must be read in conjunction with any UK government guidelines, in particular with reference to any restrictions on travel that remain in place in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Sunday, 10th May and with indications that the NHS is currently operating within capacity, equestrians are now able to exercise their own horses – or those within their care – as required, including hacking. Where possible, riders living in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should remain within the boundaries of the premises where the horses are kept.
In England only, riders are permitted to travel their horses to a venue for individual lessons or to hire outdoor training facilities. During this time, they may only meet with one other person from outside their household, for example, their coach or another participant, however social distancing should be practiced at all times with an appropriate hygiene routine enforced. Those travelling together to any venue must be from the same household.
With the government encouraging those who can’t work from home to return to work where possible, coaches based in England are now able to travel to yards to provide individual training outdoors. Social distancing of two metres must be maintained at all times, and any further safeguarding measures should be implemented.
Advice if you have symptoms of coronavirus and must remain at home for 7 days, or 14 as a household.
If you have a horse in livery, you must not visit them whilst you are self-isolating. You should contact your yard manager or vet to make suitable welfare arrangements.
Advice if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus
Please practice social distancing and remain 2 metres away from others. You should remember to wash your hands before and after contact with any animals. Where there is any shared clothing, tack or equipment between people outside your household, ensure it is appropriately disinfected between uses.