Social distancing: We will maintain a minimum of 6 feet away from others before, during, and after the trail ride. It will be necessary for EE (Equine Escapes) to assist with mounting and dismounting, as well as any additional attention needed while on your horse. During these interactions, there may be less than 6 feet between EE and the rider and a face covering will be required for both individuals involved.
Face coverings: Face coverings will be required during close interaction between EE and the rider. These interactions include mounting, dismounting, and any additional assistance needed. EE will be wearing a covering during close interactions and each rider will be REQUIRED to do the same. Equine Escapes will have bandanas available for a fee for those without a face covering. (They also add the western riding flair!) During the remainder of the ride, as long as social distancing is observed, you may remove the face covering.
Further clarification: Everyone’s safety is a high priority to Equine Escapes. The reason for not requiring a face mask during the ride or when social distancing is being observed is for a few reasons:
- Participation is outdoors and not in a confined space that is recirculating air.
- Wearing anything on the face while outdoors, especially in the heat or rain will be uncomfortable and likely cause the wearer to touch their face and covering excessively which defeats the purpose of wearing one in the first place.
Additionally, Equine Escapes' desire is for everyone to enjoy the experience and to facilitate an environment where each person can be present in the moment. Ultimately, if you would feel more comfortable wearing a face covering then please do so.
If you think this is an “optional” request, please do not join this activity until this extra precaution is lifted. EE truly doesn’t want to embarrass anyone, however our stance on this is non-negotiable and you will forfeit your ride and be charged for your reservation if you refuse to wear a face covering during our close interactions.
Helmets: Bringing your own helmets is STRONGLY encouraged. Helmets are available for use however, bike, skateboard, and ski/snowboard helmets are acceptable alternatives. All children under 18 years of age are REQUIRED to wear a helmet. EE will be sanitizing the helmets after each use, however use of your own helmet is strongly encouraged.
Gloves: These are not required however you are encouraged to bring your own. Please be aware than disposable gloves will be very uncomfortable and may inhibit your ability to handle the reins.
Saddlebags: Normally, most of the saddles have a bag to hold your personal belongings and water. These will be removed from the saddles and you will need to arrange to carry everything you bring with you on your person. Securing items in zippable pockets is suggested.
Sanitization: EE helmets, saddles, reins, and the necks of the horses will be sanitized between each ride. Unfortunately, there isn't enough sanitizer for participants. Please bring your own sanitizer. Additionally, when you pet the horses...keep in mind that your hands will likely get dirty and (currently) public bathrooms are not available for washing.
Petting the Horses: I’ve thought long and hard about this one and I keep coming back to the reason why I offer the trail rides….and that is to share what is possible with these incredible and majestic creatures. Most of the herd are rescues and have come to adore humans and the love we offer. I would never...EVER want them to feel like a “rental” horse! That said, YES, you can pet the horses, bring them treats (carrots or apples) and give them a hug...however please refrain from kissing them and be aware that ultimately, you are responsible for keeping you and your family safe.
Patience: This is new territory for all of us and I’m sure I (Kelly, the owner) will fumble things up or take a bit longer to accomplish the normal tasks required prior to and after each ride. I greatly appreciate everyone’s patience and hopefully sense of humor while waiting for me to get a groove with the new precautions. (I’m sure it will be entertaining)