CORONAVIRUS ADVICE FOR EQUESTRIANS and BUSINESS
BETA is closely monitoring the Government’s advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak and the measures being offered to help business. We have put together a collection of links to useful advice given by us and our fellow associations and organisations across the sector to help you through the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
BETA members can access a collection of resources in the member’s area of the site with Government updates, useful information, template letters that are relevant during the pandemic and other support by clicking here.
Corona virus business bulletins that have been issued by Government are available here
This also provides a link to Business support and financial packages available through Government.
We are facing an unprecedented health crisis and we must put the health and safety of society first. You may find that services to you and your horses are restricted due to the Government’s directive as of 20:30 on Monday, 23rd March for everyone to stay at home unless travel is absolutely necessary.
Rest assured however that although restricted, services from Vets and Farriers are continuing albeit on a different basis.
British Equestrian Veterinary Association advice can be seen here
At the moment, any veterinary help you might need for your equines will usually begin with a consultation over the phone, allowing your vet to assess the situation while maintaning appropriate social distancing measures. A 'virtual' triage system has been set up and will require you to assist the vet in a number of ways. This film created by BEVA - The British Equine Veterinary Association provides some helpful guidance and pointers on how you will be called to help.
Farriers guidance can be found here
How to assess the importance of getting the farrier out can be found on the traffic light image on the right of this page.
Also be aware that many saddle and bridle fitters will no longer be able to visit you. Please see a post from the the Society of Master Saddlers Facebook page on the right of this page.
Horse welfare is critical and grooms or the sole carer for a horse should travel to provide care for horses. Where horses are kept in livery the BHS advises that horse owners respect the protocol put in place by the yard owner or manager and work as a team to agree a care plan for your horse(s).
Please visit the BHS website for more information.
BEF website brings you an update from some of their member bodies and their news.
To help measure the impact of COVID-19 on the equine industry two providers have launched online surveys to provide an accurate picture of how the equestrian industry has been impact on by the pandemic.
XV Impact is independently assessing the impact on horse ownership in general, using a questionnaire that should take 10–15 minutes to complete. They’ll share the findings with the industry and public.
The British Grooms Association (BGA) and Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) have launched a survey to look at employment in particular, and input is welcome from any workers, equine businesses and yard owners.
Anyone who operates essential travel for import/export in France should be aware that there is now a new requirement for all entering the country. A travel declaration must be completed, which highlights the nature of your journey
Thoroughbred Breeding Industry Guidance
For the latest guidance and advice specific for the thoroughbred breeding industry please view the TBA News page and the Essential Documents listed on the TBA Covid page
The TBA has carefully reviewed Government advice and produced protocols which breeders must follow to demonstrate they can responsibly comply with current Government instructions. These have been drafted given the context of the specific seasonal nature of breeding thoroughbreds.
lease follow this link for more information and copies of the protocols >>>