Horses within the Time of Coronavirus
In these unusual and scary instances, horse house owners are going through the identical issues in relation to our well being, monetary safety, and the protection of our household and associates as everybody else. Whereas these are completely essential, I’m certain I’m not alone in worrying about my horse throughout this time as properly, particularly when so many barns are at present closing or limiting visits.
My horse is at a smaller boarding facility in Northern Illinois and I’m grateful that my barn has remained open in the meanwhile. We are able to nonetheless go to and work with our horses, though we have now been requested to restrict visits, follow social distancing, and disinfect after ourselves. I haven’t been capable of experience as part of the restricted barn time, however I’ve been capable of finding different methods to work with my mare, Ember!
I’ve began grooming Ember exterior after I go to to maintain additional distance between myself and anybody else who is likely to be there on the identical time. As we begin to get good spring climate, Ember and I each take pleasure in our additional time exterior! Regardless that I’m not driving, I nonetheless take pleasure in grooming as a solution to spend time with my mare. It’s additionally an effective way for me to test Ember over utterly for any bumps, bruises, or different accidents. As a bonus, tying Ember exterior to groom her is nice follow for her to expertise a unique atmosphere and provides her follow being tied to a fence relatively than on cross-ties within the barn.
I’ve additionally been hand-walking Ember on the roads round my barn. I’m fortunate that my barn is within the nation so the roads are fairly quiet with an excellent shoulder so there’s house for us to stroll. Ember initially bought a bit excited once we went away from the barn, so we began out simply strolling backwards and forwards on a 50 ft. stretch of highway straight throughout the highway from the barn however we’ve slowly began to go a bit additional. I additionally add a number of stops, backups, adjustments of course, and circles to assist Ember concentrate on me relatively than getting foolish concerning the new atmosphere. I’m certain the parents who’ve seen me out strolling with Ember assume we’re very unusual since we’re all the time doing one thing completely different however it looks like it has actually helped Ember pay extra consideration to me on our walks!
I’ll be completely happy when issues can return to regular. Till then, I’m having fun with any time I can spend with my mare, even when we have now to shift to a brand new routine throughout this time!
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