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Advice for horse owners in Scotland during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

Please note, while the guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation. Please bear with us while we make these changes. 


Advice for Events

sportscotland update

From 05:00 on 26 December Large events will be limited to 100 people for indoor standing events, 200 people for indoor seated events, and 500 people for all outdoor events seated or standing.

From 05:00 on 27 December, to minimise the risk of widespread transmission, there will be a requirement for one metre physical distancing between adults in all indoor hospitality and leisure settings.

Indoor hospitality venues will also return to table service, with no more than three households able to sit in one group.
Indoor contact sports should not take place during this time.

From 27 December, for a period of three weeks, people are being asked to limit their contacts, restrict gatherings to groups of no more than three households and to stay home as much as possible. Bars and restaurants should only operate on a table service basis where alcohol is served.

For indoor contact sports;  Professional and / or elite indoor contact sport with approved plans can continue with training and competition and  indoor (adult) contact sport and physical activity should not take place.

The definition given for   contact sport or activity is “a sport or activity in which the participants necessarily come into bodily contact or as a matter of course encroach within 1m of one another” Equestrian coaching, riding and driving can  continue to take place with sensible mitigations in place.

Covered Equestrian Arenas are permitted for use as per the BHS Guidance. If a business is unsure please check with your Local Authority and Insurers.


Caring for your Horse

During the Covid-19 pandemic this is of particular importance. If you are ill or have to self-isolate, you will not be able to attend to your horse. Having a care plan in place will help to give you peace of mind that your horse is cared for and your buddy / yard owner has all the necessary information.

During these times, if you ever need to ask questions of your local authority about trading standards or animal welfare relating to Covid related issues– here is a useful list for your use (PDF)

View our Equine Care and Emergency Plan


Please read our information and advice for horse owners and business owners during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak


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