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Overview of NYS Equine Industry Re-Opening: Guidance to the Governor

This document offers guidance to the NYS Government for equine operations as regions proceed through the “New York Forward” phases. Equine businesses are required to complete a NY Forward Business Re-Opening Safety Plan prior to resuming operations. Access to facilities will be outlined by the facility owner in their Re-Opening Safety Plan.


PHASE I
Equine owners who maintain private horse property (non-boarding facility situations) have unrestricted personal use, with the exception of maintaining social distancing protocols with persons outside the
household per the CDC. Equine owners who maintain public horse properties, restrict access to essential farm workers, essential
boarders of “self-care” horses, regular boarders and lesson students with the ability to ride independently so as to maintain social distancing protocols per CDC during private outdoor lessons. Lessons should be
private or semi-private in the event of family members. Pony rides and lead line lessons do not allow for social distancing. Prohibit non-essential visitors.

PHASE II
Equine owners who maintain public horse properties, restrict access to essential farm workers, essential boarders of “self-care” horses, and lesson students with the ability to ride independently in small groups of 2-4 students or no more than 50% arena occupancy while maintaining social distancing protocols per CDC during lessons, with indoor lessons permitted with additional precautions taken. Scheduling with management and adherence to a communication plan must take place to avoid congregating in common places and arenas. Prohibit non-essential visitors.

PHASE III
Equine owners who maintain public horse properties, restrict access to essential farm workers, essential boarders of “self-care” horses, regular boarders, lesson students in groups that will not exceed 75% of arena capacity with care given to avoid congregating in common areas and disinfecting of surfaces and equipment between sessions. Horse rentals for trail riding permitted with social distancing and supervision of staff to ensure safety and enforcement of protocols. Prohibit non-essential visitors.

PHASE IV
Equine owners who maintain public horse properties, are permitted with no restrictions on use, except as indicated by local/county/state/federal agencies to comply with COVID-19 protocols.

Horse Shows, Clinics and Other Large Public Events
It is our recommendation that all event coordinators due their due diligence to ensure events are in compliance with all residual protocols and advisements issued by local/county/state/federal agencies with respect to Covid-19.

Please view the official document here, as well as the NYSHC letter to the Governor: