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.
Face coverings: In compliance with the CDC guidance, vaccinated persons are not required to wear a face coverings and WA guidance states : "A face covering is not needed when you are outside walking, exercising, or otherwise outdoors if you are able to regularly stay 6 ft away from other people who do not live with you." Some interactions will be in close proximity such as mounting, dismounting and providing additional assistance while participants are on their horse. EE staff have been vaccinated and are not required to wear a mask however participants are certainly welcome to if they feel more comfortable.
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.
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: You are welcome to wear gloves if you wish, however please be aware that disposable gloves will be very uncomfortable and likely inhibit your ability to handle the reins and thus not recommended.
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 are sanitized after each use and the saddles, and reins are sanitized daily after the rides.
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.