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We are all being challenged in ways we never thought possible, but now is the time to come together. What does that mean for SUMMER 2020?
From Matt & Penny
JULY 1, 2020
PUBLIC TRAIL RIDING PLANS
WHY WE NEED TO LOOK FORWARD
Let me start by reassuring everyone that our animals are doing GREAT, and we are managing just fine. I think the horses & dogs are the only beings on the planet who are totally unconcerned. I hope you have all been managing as well. Here’s our thoughts ON SUMMER 2020.
Ontario has finally relaxed restrictions, and we are OPEN! A few families have joined us for our PRIVATE tours, which are all we are offering at this time. Because families can feel safe, and relax and enjoy some one on one time while experiencing the wilderness! AND BEST OF ALL, there is no additional cost for a private tour.
Matt & I have been in the Riding Stable business a LONG time. We have and always will HANDS ON daily, and always proactive & conscious of customer health. We will continue to develop effective guidelines.
We have always been very careful with our customers, but even more so with Covid. We have developed a very stringent policy and it’s been making our customers feel safe. We have contacted our local Health Unit and our protocols are approved. Read on for our safety protocol!
Horseback rides may be paid by CASH in a ziploc baggie, or by interac E transfer. We have a spot to place your cash, just make sure your name is on the ziploc. Payment is made at check in.
Our check in is now outside, and all waiver forms are completed online for a 100% contact-less check in.
We have increased mounting block size, to make things easier for customers. This should minimize aerosolization issues upon mounting and dismounting
Trail Riders will be be required to bring a mask or bandana to ride. It is ONLY needed for mounting and dismounting. This helps keep our staff safe when mounting and dismounting (as horses are all held by staff for this activity). In addition, our staff will ALSO be wearing a mask during the mounting and dismounting process. While your horse is held for mounting and dismounting, staff stay at the very end of an extra long leadrope, which increases the safety for everyone.
Between rides, helmets and all tack surfaces will be sanitized with bleach, soap, and/or alcohol, and horses from ears to withers will be sprayed with 70% alcohol mist. During busy periods all tack in the barn will be SANITIZED after EACH ride.
To increase margins of safety further, we are following up DAILY with a proven virucide on all high traffic barn surfaces. Trail riders never enter the barn, so this is a non issue, however the outhouses are available for use and will be sanitized by our staff after each use with a virucide. There is plenty of hand sanitizer and toilet paper in the outhouse for your use.
We have run our procedures by the Hastings and Prince Edward County Board of Health, and gotten the thumbs up. We make sure we cover all the bases, from sanitizing reins and saddles between rides, as well as the mounting block and any other areas that customers may touch. We are happy to say the ride is virtually contactless and takes place 100% outdoors, with plenty of spacing for everyone’s comfort. We run a very CLEAN AND EFFICIENT facility, and feel confident you will be comfortable coming to ride with us.
Penny has a history in nursing, so being proactive and thinking strategically about cross contamination comes naturally. The safety of the staff AND the customers is of utmost importance! If these steps seem a bit excessive, look at it as us protecting YOU so that you can come and ride with confidence.
While on the property, social distancing will be monitored by all helpers. During the trail riding instruction, all customers will have a designated space to stand that has the required spacing. On the ride, it’s already practice that horses keep at least one horse length (twelve feet) apart, so nothing new there! Also, as you prepare to begin, and to depart, please be mindful of the spacing rules, as it will be enforced. As much as possible we will stick to private groups, although couples might be combined for up to four riders per group.
Trail riders will be able to use their own footwear this year, as we have gone to tapaderos, which allow for any footwear EXCEPT sandals/flip flops. Between rides, all helmets will be sanitized. Also, please review safe handling of your mask online, before coming for your ride. We suggest Bandanas for simplicity.
Everyone wants a photo, right? Since cameras cannot be passed around, you are also welcome to take phone cameras with you, however be sure you have a safe place to stash it on your person, You don’t want to drop it, so you’ll have to take that into account when planning. There is also an option for photos after the ride once you are dismounted, as staff can hold horses with their long lead, if you can get a family member to take some shots.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
We know a lot of customers plans will be last minute this year. We will do our best to fit everyone in. Please give us as much notice as you can when booking.
Because we are a small business ALREADY set up for a small trail riding program, we have FLEXIBILITY. Keep in mind, because smaller rides are easier to control therefore are safer rides, this year we will stick to a maximum of four to six people per ride.
We are all concerned about safety, but together we will safely navigate the situation and everyone can enjoy being with gorgeous animals and forgetting about Covid for a while. At these troubling times, we need to work TOGETHER and think FORWARD!
Looking forward to seeing you this summer. If you would like to read more about our CHILDREN’S SUPER SESSIONS RESIDENTIAL HORSE CAMPS or TRAIL RIDING, click here. If you would like to see more about our other YEAR ROUND TOURS, see our main page. And check out our CABIN RENTALS!
Right now, we have to find ways to enjoy ourselves with distance. These cabins are FAR apart, so distance is no issue! You won’t see your neighbours, all you will see is wonderful, private, PEACEFUL wilderness. And Amenities in a small sleepy town of Maynooth include Liquor Store, Bank Machines, Gas, and Groceries (with curbside pickup!) There’s even a nearby lake for swimming, several local beaches, and rolling hills to bike at your leisure.
WORKING TOGETHER FOR RIDING FUN
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
Hoping to see you this summer, when we can look in the rearview mirror together – PENNY NICOL