MOUNTAIN HORSE SCHOOL'S COVID 19 RESPONSE:

UPDATED MAY 22 2020

please note: That by choosing to attend programming at mountain horse school, you agree to do your part to adhere to these operating guidelines, including canceling your programming if the participant is experiencing any covid-19 or cold or flu symptoms. you also acknowledge that you take full responsibility for the risk of transmission for yourself or the participant.

GENERAL MODIFICATIONS:

  • A hand sanitizing station has been installed outside the barn. Any student or visitor entering the barn or paddocks is required to sanitize their hands before entering. A hand washing sink is also available inside the classroom for the same purpose
  • The toilet, hand washing sink, and any frequently touched surfaces are cleaned after each use whenever possible
  • Masks and gloves may be worn at the rider/student's discretion, but are not mandatory
  • Any rider or camper who is experiencing any Covid-19 or flu or cold symptoms is asked to cancel their lesson or camp. Our cancellation policy has been modified so you will receive a credit for your missed lesson or camp in this unique situation 

RIDING LESSON MODIFICATIONS:

  • The transition time between lessons has been increased to 30 minutes to allow for cleaning of tack/surfaces and to avoid multiple families being at the barn at the same time
  • Helmets, saddle pads, grooming tools and tack are cleaned and sanitized between students 
  • When they become available, semi-private lessons must be booked by riders in the same household or 'bubble'.  When semi-privates are booked, both spots must be purchased at the same time to facilitate this
  • Family Lessons, when they become available, are only open to members of the same family
  • We've removed the possibility to purchase 6 lesson passes for now, to make things simpler as there have been so many requests for lessons. We don't want to get into a scenario where we sell more than we can fulfil for the season, especially if we get a 2nd wave of the pandemic and need to close again

KID'S CAMP MODIFICATIONS:

  • The maximum number of campers for our 5 days camps has been reduced from 8 to 4 to better enable social distancing across all our activities and reduce the number of assistant instructors needed. On Thursdays (our big adventure ride day) we'll accept 2 additional campers, bringing our number up to 6. An assistant instructor will join us on this day
  • Morning camp programming has been adapted so that each child will have their own horse to groom. For the riding portion, students will still share horses. Before the riders switch horses, reins and commonly touched areas of the saddles will be sanitized 
  • Each student will have a station in the barn where they can store their tools for the week. They will each have their 'own' helmet, lead rope, hammock and grooming tools to use throughout the week in order to reduce the need to sanitize these items
  • All afternoon activities will be modified and re-imagined to facilitate social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and other transmission reduction measures