COVID-19 has certainly changed how we conduct business and how we conduct ourselves in public places. I had made plans to make my dream of opening a riding school and Horse camp this summer long before Covid -19 struck our nation, and truthfully it has given me pause. I have decided to proceed with opening the riding school and day camp only after working out procedures that I feel incorporate all CDC recommendations and protocols. That said, we all know that doing our best is all we can do, and there are no guarantees against exposure once we leave our homes. We take our procedures seriously and do not waiver from them.
All counselors will have temperatures taken daily and will wear mask while interacting with students.
All students will have their temperature scanned before leaving their vehicle at arrival time each day and will wear mask when closer than six feet to anyone.
All attending the ridding school or Camp will have their own table/station, this will be their own individual station for the duration of the week they attend. We will have the tables outside under our trees in the shade. The CDC has not documented any cases of Covid-19 transmitted on surfaces outdoors.
We feel that the spacing of the tables more than 6 feet apart and mother nature’s hot Texas heat work in our favor here. Your child will be able to place his/her belongings on the table, take water breaks , eat at the table, create crafts/projects at this table and we will have individual hand washing at the table as well. Each student will be washing their hands at the change of each session. For day camp, there are five sessions so a minimum of five times for the day in addition to after restroom use. Should your child need assistance with his/her craft the councilor will wash hands and be fully masked before assisting your child.
There is only one restroom that will be sprayed with sanitizer spray after each use.
All tack will be sanitized between students.All gardening utensils and feed buckets will be sanitized before another student uses them.
The Chlorine level in the pool will be tested every 48 hours by Leslie Pool supply to insure safe chlorine levels. The CDC has stated that there is no evidence of transmission of Covid-19 in a properly chlorinated pool.
While interacting with horses, it will be necessary for instructors and counselors to be closer than six feet to the student. Everyone will wear a mask at this time. Additionally, there will be times that horses will be groomed and there will one student on each side of the horse, at this time we will insure all are wearing mask for protection as well.
We will have groups of students that we will refer to as pods participating in the different sessions of the camp. These pods will not exceed five students. There are times when we may have baby lambs to bottle feed, during this time students may be closer than six feet but will wear mask. Students will have pool sessions for fun and to keep everyone cool. We have a 24’ above ground pool and will limit six people in the pool at once to maintain as much distance as possible.