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Am I the only one NOT riding due to "shelter in place"?

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  • Am I the only one NOT riding due to "shelter in place"?

    /am I the only one TRULY adhering to it?

    Hi everyone, long time COTH lurker here (circa 2005?!).

    Anyway, I live in the Bay Area (CA), and as a county and as a state, we are under statewide orders to shelter in place (NO non-essential activity).

    I board at a full-care training barn, and while our trainers have not explicitly said, "Do not come", they have strongly suggested we adhere to the shelter in place. The facility does has not put any restrictions in place as of yet besides the, "wash your hands, 6-feet away, blah blah blah".

    I feel like I am the *only* one not going to the barn to ride, and this is leaving me frustrated by people's lack of commitment to the shelter in place protocol, but is also leaving me a bit envious ("why are they riding, and I am choosing not to"). My horse, while essential to my well-being, is NOT essential to me staying alive. It is also NOT essential for me to go out there to provide care for him.

    I know there are a few other barns in the Bay Area that have closed to clients, as well as those in other states/countries that have done the same. I just wish people would take this more seriously so it doesn't come to that but ... trying to take this one day at a time and let go of other people's decisions.

    I would love to just have some fellow support from those of us who are not riding during these crazy times. My good thoughts and well wishes are with everyone to stay safe and healthy!

    ETA: I am so grateful that this is even a “problem” I have; I need to continually remind myself to practice gratitude and let go of other people’s actions!
    Last edited by Hoofbeat_Heartbeat; Mar. 24, 2020, 12:58 PM.

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    NJ just started the non essential travel tonight. My horse is boarded in PA. I am about about a a quarter mile from the bridge to PA...do I continue to ride?

    i have the vet coming Monday for shots and teeth floating. Tuesday he is getting his feet trimmed. I will going those days.

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    • #3
      Last night the governor issued a stay in place order. I board at a large barn with a busy lesson program. All lessons are suspended until further notice. Boarders are asked not to come out unless it’s an emergency, like colic. The barn workers don’t need to get sick. The barn manager and assistant manager will keep the place running. Trainers are allowed to work clients’ horses. It sucks to know my girl is 10 miles away and I can’t see her. But seeing her is not essential. Keeping the infection rate down is essential. Please abide by the barn rules and stay home.
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        arbeegirl I get that, being there for essential appointments and such. I I would just be afraid that say if I was riding (which I’m not), and I got bucked off and hurt, and then I had to go to the hospital and overwhelm an already completely overwhelmed system, and also put myself at risk of getting COVD, why take that chance?


        peedin I am not riding, trying to do my part as much as I can. thank you for being another person adhering to the guidelines!

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        • #5
          I am with you! My barn owner has been hesitant to bring the hammer down because he recognizes that people need time with their horses. Sure enough today the barn was filled with people; no social distancing to be seen. I think he had been hoping that people would self-regulate. Nope, not a chance. Somehow they think that the great outdoors is a protection. Meanwhile, they all use the same door-knobs, squeeze by one another coming and going from the tack room, touch the same toilet handle, share feed scoops, etc. So, I am staying away for the next two weeks and I have two horses that I board there. I need time with my horses, but I also need my trainer and barn staff to remain healthy. I work at a health care facility and I see the emails flying around about PPE shortages, and reuse of certain types of PPE - something we would never think of in the past. Our ED is at max capacity nearly every day - before COVID19. We have eliminated all but emergency surgeries so we have been able to ensure we have beds available. Today's news was that the number of confirmed COVID19 cases increased from 45 to 68 in the state. Anyone do the math? That is a 50% increase in one day. Nearly 700 people died in Italy yesterday. It is hard to comprehend, but it is real. We have to protect our health care workers.
          pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

          Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill

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          • #6
            I have a very small facility in the Midwest, a handful of boarders. My husband has some health issues, and I have taken our state’s shutdowns very seriously. I specifically told my boarders to not come out if sick, or if they are around anyone that is sick. Locally our manufacturing is still going. One person came out after knowing people in her plant were getting tested. I could not believe it. Yes it’s a barn, but why not stay home. I was furious.

            I applaud you for staying at home, and I bet the farm owners do as well. We are trying not to offend anyone as we know you pay to use the facility. These are not normal times though, and honestly I think the less people in those environments the better. I am closing my facility Temporarily outside of vet/farrier appointments. I need to take care of my family, and the animals. Thank you for being responsible, and for being a team player.

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            • #7
              I'm not currently riding (and my horse was just cleared by my vet.) I had a farrier appointment today and was shocked at how many were at the barn. It was early and cold, snowy icy. I'm very often the only person when I'm there and definitely in the cold temps but clearly people are running to the barn! No social distancing at all. And people cracking jokes about the social distancing

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              • #8
                We aren't allowed at the barn in NY, although many people I know can't comprehend.

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                • #9
                  I’m staying home from my trainer’s stable where I have two horses in training. But I have two at home so I still get my horse fix every day. I’ll be bringing one home next Monday though. Can’t justify the expense while my show season has pretty much been canceled, at least for the next few months.

                  Fortunately trail riding is compatible with social distancing and once the snow melts I’ll be able to get out in the hills.

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                  • #10
                    Our "shelter in place" starts Monday night! So far I have been riding. Fortunately the barn is fairly quiet. There are about 5 other people that ride somewhat regularly. I usually dont see them or at most see one when I go out. BO has one helper. We have been careful for the past week or so - staying apart with no touching. Barn is not (yet) closed.

                    My biggest exposure there has been when the farrier came Friday. I had to hold my wiggly horse, so ended up closer to the farrier than is ideal. Then I heard that one of the boarders told the BO that she had flu-like symptoms the day after I saw her at the barn. I had kept a distance, but the concern is about what she might have touched...

                    I will see my horse today and be very careful and stock up on his supplements. I will need to stop in every week or so to refill supplements. At that point I could ride since it wont add to exposure. We will see - uncharted terrritory.

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                    • #11
                      The people who board at or within hacking distance of the hunt club where I ride are taking the hounds out twice weekly --I am not hauling in. As one poster stated --I don't want to take a fall and end up in the hospital at this point. Secondly, it is over an hour haul for me --I generally stop at two gas stations --one up, one back --to, um, "check the horse." That's where I think I would be at most risk. [FYI I am nearly 70] Finally, unlike others, I have 4 horses at home that never get the work they need --so right now I'm making up a spring training schedule ---I call it, "Be Your Own Trainer." --I pretend I've just hired a new trainer (me) and walk around with a clipboard (lame, I know) and look at the mess the last trainer left at the stable (me, again). I make a list of things that need repair or updating, then I talk with the owner (me) about the goals for the horses this summer and how we plan to achieve them. I then make a schedule out (for me) that attempts to accomplish all of that.

                      About 5 years ago I gave away every jump standard and all my obstacles and cups (I kept my 30 poles) ---I had a made horse and was tired of mowing around the jumps in the jump pasture. And now I have a new horse. So today, I'm riding, then working on the four new jump standards I'm making. Lemons out of lemonade. Hope my new trainer works out --LOL --can't fire myself!

                      Meanwhile, Mounted Archery practice will start the second it warms up enough for me to hold my bow -that is something I can do all by myself with three of my horses who would benefit from some slow, steady work --horse four is pushing 30, so he can watch --and cheer for me when I hit something.

                      March and maybe April will be my fix-up-the-place month (along with daily riding), then in May, it gets serious around here and we start spraying pastures, fighting weeds, and being outside sun-up to sun-set.

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                      • #12
                        You are not the only one. In Ontario we’ve been told that all riding facilities (except self care) must close to anyone except essential staff.

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                        • #13
                          OP, yes the risk of getting hurt and visiting the ER isn’t something I thought of during this time. Good point!

                          My barn is now closed to non boarders, vets and farriers excluded.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Foxglove View Post
                            The people who board at or within hacking distance of the hunt club where I ride are taking the hounds out twice weekly --I am not hauling in. As one poster stated --I don't want to take a fall and end up in the hospital at this point. Secondly, it is over an hour haul for me --I generally stop at two gas stations --one up, one back --to, um, "check the horse." That's where I think I would be at most risk. [FYI I am nearly 70] Finally, unlike others, I have 4 horses at home that never get the work they need --so right now I'm making up a spring training schedule ---I call it, "Be Your Own Trainer." --I pretend I've just hired a new trainer (me) and walk around with a clipboard (lame, I know) and look at the mess the last trainer left at the stable (me, again). I make a list of things that need repair or updating, then I talk with the owner (me) about the goals for the horses this summer and how we plan to achieve them. I then make a schedule out (for me) that attempts to accomplish all of that.

                            About 5 years ago I gave away every jump standard and all my obstacles and cups (I kept my 30 poles) ---I had a made horse and was tired of mowing around the jumps in the jump pasture. And now I have a new horse. So today, I'm riding, then working on the four new jump standards I'm making. Lemons out of lemonade. Hope my new trainer works out --LOL --can't fire myself!

                            Meanwhile, Mounted Archery practice will start the second it warms up enough for me to hold my bow -that is something I can do all by myself with three of my horses who would benefit from some slow, steady work --horse four is pushing 30, so he can watch --and cheer for me when I hit something.

                            March and maybe April will be my fix-up-the-place month (along with daily riding), then in May, it gets serious around here and we start spraying pastures, fighting weeds, and being outside sun-up to sun-set.
                            I just wanted to say how much I love your "Be Your Own Trainer" idea!! It's actually inspiring, NOT lame!!!

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                            • #15
                              OP, your attitude makes me feel hopeful for the future.

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                              • #16
                                The lack of hospital services for people who have elected to ride their horses while this virus infection is going on, and have got tossed off, and injured, is a part of this which is not being well publicized. We are still frozen here, ice everywhere, and I don't ride under these circumstances. But we are melting, thawing, and normally I would be riding soon, horses coming in from winter turn out, to paddocks, and getting ridden. But this spring, I think it will be ground work only... because of the situation that we are facing.
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                                • #17
                                  My BO hasn't shut down the lesson program yet, but parents are asked to wait in the car. There are several small groups of adults with disabilities who are not coming. That cuts down on the number of volunteers needed. Even if she closes the lesson program, boarders and leases can come.

                                  The way the aisleway is set up horses are head-tied or on crossties that are about 12 feet apart. It's also 200' long so it is realistic to maintain the 6' distance. Most of the boarders tie up at the far end. The outdoor arena is rideable a little earlier than usual and there are several other options to ride outside.

                                  It has been much quieter. With the schools closed I suspect heading for the barn is a welcome break.
                                  "With hardly any other living being can a human connect as closely over so many years as a rider can with her horse." Isabell Werth, Four Legs Move My Soul. 2019

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                                  • #18
                                    My horse is currently not being ridden due to a strain, but I am going out each day to check for any swelling or changes. I did give the groom her meds shoved in cookies for to get each day in case I can't get there.

                                    It's a larger facility but I go early morning and no one else is really there. Should the barn go into lockdown I will most likely load some hay (I supply her feed), pay her board, and bring her home but I have that option. I used to have my retired horse here so while not really rideable my place is perfect for retirement or layup with 1 stall and paddock and then a 2 acre field.

                                    LetItBe
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                                    • #19
                                      No, not riding.

                                      I have two horses, one in a barn that is now closed to boarders, thankfully she's very well looked after, and the other at our farm.

                                      I'm choosing not to ride at our farm for the same reasons as stated above. My frisky spring horse is spooking every two steps (I guess the horse eating monsters are everywhere now that they've thawed out!) so we're hand walking, well sort of walking, mostly reminding her to walk and not trot. Quite happy not riding her yet.

                                      I will get out of shape though, expect a slow start once I can ride again. Haven't found any exercises that give me the workout I get from riding.

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                                      • #20
                                        We are surrounded by selfish people who do not care to recognize how their own actions or inactions might impact others. We do not have a shelter in place order here (yet) but have been behaving mostly as though we do. I keep my horses at home, so I can care for them and ride without leaving my own property. I did ride some of this week but things are a little scary around here on the weekend with everyone out running chippers and mowers and shooting guns (getting ready for the tp war I guess). So I've decided not to ride, as even my saintly ponies might get spooked enough to unseat me and I do not want to have to seek medical care. Our hospitals are already overfull, and local clinics and first responders are begging for donations of protective equipment. I do not want to take away from those covid patients so I'm going to limit my risk as best I can. For now, I'm doing other projects around our place and trying to tune out most of the news lest I lose my mind. My anxiety is high and riding would help, but so does just grooming and watching the three horses enjoy spring grass and soaking up the sun.

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