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Our horses, like Audrey, are relying on as much as ever as we face ongoing challenges due to the pandemic.
Coronavirus may be a universal crisis affecting every one of us, but the impact is as varied as each of our individual circumstances.
The fast-paced and changing nature of the pandemic means we are all coping with unprecedented levels of uncertainty and anticipation despite huge volumes of information made available all the time. As we rally round to find ways of caring for our horses, ponies and donkeys during these Government restrictions, we must remember to support each other where we can and have patience.
There is some fantastic advice already out there for those of us who care for horses to help us interpret the guidelines for our situation, whether you keep your horses at home or on a busy yard. There is also guidance from the British Equine Veterinary Association for vets and guidance for those managing Livery Yards and equine businesses. We’ve summarised some of these below.
Meanwhile we are still taking welfare enquiries via email and our welfare vets are operational in line with advice from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. We would, however, ask that in light of the pressures we face caring for our over 1,500 residents, you are patient with us regarding any welfare concerns that you raise with us at this time.
Redwings’ tips for carers during the Covid-19 crisis:
The National Equine Welfare Council has a comprehensive overview of the advice including information to help when you’re considering calling a vet or farrier to your horse: http://www.newc.co.uk/
The British Equine Veterinary Association has this updated guidance for vets on their service during this time: https://www.beva.org.uk/coronavirus
The British Equestrian Federation has a host of clear advice including for those self-employed in the equestrian industry: https://www.bef.co.uk/News-Detail.aspx?news=self-employed-covid-19
The British Horse Society is regularly updating its information for horse owners and yards: https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/coronavirus-covid-19
These Horsemart blogs for horse owners and liveryyYard managers authored by Cheryl Johns from Livery List are also very informative: https://www.horsemart.co.uk/community/article/caring-for-your-horses-during-the-covid-19-lockdown
Horsemart for livery yard owners: https://www.horsemart.co.uk/community/article/livery-yards/keeping-your-yard-safe-during-the-covid-19-outbreak