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

Welsh Update -  Monday 31 July 2020

Meeting in groups outside

Up to 30 people can meet in groups outside (previously it was only supervised sports activities) therefore small events that work within government guidelines can take place e.g. clinics, pleasure rides, horse shows and camps.

Physical distancing

Adults, older children and young adults (11 to 18yrs) physical distancing must be maintained (2m), Children under 11 will no longer have to maintain a 2m distance from each other or from adults as a result close contact riding lessons/rides e.g. beginners and lead rein lessons for under 11’s can recommence.

Face coverings

Adults The advice of the Welsh Government is that if places are crowded then face coverings are advisory not mandatory in public places. Where places are not crowded, it is a matter for the individual citizen to make that decision (however advice is constantly changing - please follow government advice/updates).

Children under 11 are not required to wear face coverings.

If conditions remain favourable, from 10 August:

Indoor sports//leisure/play facilities are expected to re-open – this includes covered riding arenas.


Lockdown easing regarding equine travel + leisure in Wales

FAQ's -

Equine Tourism

Saturday 11 July 2020
Self-contained holiday accommodation can open e.g. trekking centres.

From 25 July 2020
Tourist accommodation with shared facilities can open e.g. trekking centres and riding camps

General – riding, hacking, lessons, treks

Social distancing – The two-metre rule from Monday 13th July 20

"The two-metre rule remains the default position in Wales".

 business should take all reasonable measures to sustain a two-metre distance.

There will be some business for whom that simply isn't practically possible and in those circumstances, business will be required to take a series of other mitigating measures. (e.g. face masks and shields).

Outdoor riding activities

Including organised team sports can resume on 13th July 2020 allowing up to 30 people to take part.

  • Group lessons can restart outdoors, the two-household rule is no longer in effect.
  • Group treks, hacks, fun rides may also restart.

Indoor riding activities

Further information on this is expected around 3rd August 2020. Generally, all riding activity is deemed outdoor however some covered arenas may be available for use, depending on the venue’s risk assessment and permission from their local authority and insurers.



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