COVID-19 Safety Measures

Please read the following disclosure regarding COVID-19, then click on the button to the right to download our RISK BENEFIT/ASSESSMENT & LIABILITY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM. This form must be printed, completed, and either faxed to (845) 988-5980 or emailed to stacy@winslow.org prior to your first day back at Winslow, or presented upon arrival on your first day back.

 

Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center COVID-19 Infection Control Plan for Mounted and Unmounted Sessions

Overview

  1. No one will be allowed on property for 14 days since the date that they returned from
    traveling as designated by the CDC policies. Or if they live with someone who has
    traveled. Everyone will be screened for travel.
  2. If any person, who comes on property, tests positive for COVID-19 they must inform us
    and the program will be shut down immediately for 14 days and possibly longer. Anyone
    who was on sight at the time of possible exposure will be contacted immediately.
  3. If any person, who comes on property, is exposed to someone who has tested positive
    for COVID-19 the program will be shut down for 14 days and possibly longer. Anyone on
    site at the time of possible exposure will be contacted immediately.
  4. During sessions no one will enter the office building. Staff/volunteer will get participants
    from the parking lot. Upon doing so a verbal health check; questions will be asked about
    signs and symptoms, travel, and exposure. Temperatures will be taken and be recorded
    in our visitor and rider log. No one with signs or symptoms or a temperature of 99.4 and
    above will be allowed to continue with a session. *riders please don’t put helmet on
    until your temperature has been taken*
  5. After verbal check all participants and volunteers will enter thru the barn, use hand
    sanitizer, get temperature taken and immediately go to the barn bathroom for hand
    washing. Hand washing will be done on arrival and leaving following the handwashing
    guidelines from the CDC.
  6. All persons will be required to wear a face mask covering BOTH nose and mouth while
    on property and maintain 6 feet social distancing. *this includes during sessions*
  7. Payment can be taken by instructor as cash or check on the day of lesson, paid online at
    www.winslow.org or can be called in ahead of lesson time.
  8. No petting of the horses, goats, chickens, Sarah or touching any unnecessary surfaces.
  9. Riders are required to purchase their own helmet (if you are unable to do so please
    inform us) and are encouraged to purchase their own reins. Helmets MUST be SEI-ASTM
    approved, bike helmets will not be allowed.

Participant Screening and Stages of Return

  1. A customized Risk Benefit Assessment will be completed for each rider prior to
    acceptance to return to lessons. This assessment will also include a copy of Winslow’s
    COVID-19 Infection Control Plan. This form will be signed by the family/guardian,
    instructor, and manager.

    1. If risk/benefit assessment is performed, and a significant greater risk is
      determined, particularly with participants who the CDC deem at higher risk, will
      be unable to return until Phase 4 or 5 and/or may be asked to get additional
      doctor release, or an alternate option to riding may be explored.
    2. A risk/benefit assessment may indicate specific considerations; this will be case
      by case basis.
    3. A risk/benefit assessment that the rider would be at greater potential of
      exposing others, albeit inadvertently, will be performed. For instance, a person
      who sneezes a lot – the rider would be required to wear a mask.
    4. All Winslow participants are invited to join in Virtual Winslow; please see the website
      for offerings.

Phase 1: No rider requiring a horse leader, side walker, or needs assistance
mounting/dismounting will be able to participate in riding sessions due to close
proximity of the participant to instructors for an extended period of time. The reasoning
for this policy is that instructors would be at an angle in front, below and very near to
the rider for an extended period of time. Riders returning in Phase 1 must be confidently
independent, able to mount and dismount by themselves, and wear a mask.

Phase 2: Based on CDC and State Guidelines on when Phase 2 can occur, riders needing
an instructor to hold horse still for mounting and dismounting may return while wearing
a mask. The reasoning for this policy is due to close proximity of the instructor to the
participant. During this phase the instructor will hold the horse still for the mount and
dismount only then go back to maintaining social distancing.

Phase 3: Based on CDC and State Guidelines Phase 3, riders that need minimal
assistance mounting/dismounting and only need a horse leader and can wear a face
mask may return. Unmounted activities that need minimal instructor assistance may be
started following hand washing and social distancing guidelines and wearing masks by
participants. The reasoning for this policy is that instructors and volunteers would be at
an angle in front, below and very near to the rider for an extended period of time.

Phase 4: Based on CDC and State Guidelines on when Phase 4 can occur, riders that
need minimal assistance mounting/dismounting and need a horse leader and with no
active assistance from side walkers and can wear a face mask may return. Masks will be
required. Participants deemed at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus by the CDC
may be eligible to return and may require additional documentation from a doctor.

Phase 5: Based on CDC and State Guideline on when Phase 5 can occur, riders that
require full assistance to mount/dismounts and need active leaders and side-walkers
may return with masks being worn by participants. Additional sections of the property
may be opened up at this time. Participants deemed at higher risk of contracting the
coronavirus by the CDC may be eligible to return and may require additional
documentation from a doctor.

Family/Rider Procedures

  1. Families should bring only one person needed to assist with the rider to help limit the
    number of people on site.
  2. Riders will be required to have their own helmets.
    1. Can be purchased at Winslow for $35.00 or visit our local tack store: Green
      Valley Tack in Pine Island. Mention you are from Winslow for a discount.
  3. Riders can bring their own clean reins with input from Winslow staff on selection.
  4. Currently families are to wait in their cars.
  5. All family members and participants must wear face masks.
  6. When Winslow deems, the building will be open with limited areas of use, designated
    areas of activity and where to watch participants ride.
  7. When Winslow deems and the weather is appropriate, the gazebo, picnic tables and
    bleachers may be opened up with marked areas to ensure social distancing. Check in
    including: screening questions, temperature taking, hand washing and mask wearing will
    continue to be required by all. Check in of parents/guardians will take time away from
    the rider’s lesson, as we allow only additional time to check in riders.
  8. Riders will wait in cars until the instructor/volunteer comes to get them at the start of
    session.
  9. Families will be asked to leave promptly after their lesson to allow for disinfecting and
    to limit the number of people on site.
  10. No feeding of treats at this time.
  11. Not petting of any the goats, chickens, Sarah or touching of any unnecessary surfaces.

Volunteer Procedures

  1. In order to keep volunteers engaged and to maximize volunteer retention, we may need
    to limit volunteers to less sessions. Thus, maintaining a small number of people on site
    but maximizing the number of people engaged in the program.
  2. Volunteers will wear face masks the entire time they are on property.
  3. Volunteers will be required to bring their own masks.
  4. Volunteers are required to wash hands in the barn bathroom before entering and
    leaving as well as throughout their volunteer time.
  5. Volunteers will be trained in proper face mask use, hand washing techniques and
    signs/symptoms of COVID-19. Training will be documented.
  6. Volunteers will not be needed during Phase 1 and 2, but horse handlers may be needed
    during Phase 3.
  7. During this time Volunteers must stay within the activity areas.
  8. Volunteers will sign in and out in the binder which is located just after the barn
    entrance.
  9. Volunteers are still encouraged to participate in Winslow’s Virtual Adult Day Program
    during social time, and can show off a skill they may have.

Staff Procedures

  1. Prior to opening all staff will be trained on new routines and procedures.
  2. Staff will stick to their designated working areas and not enter another coworkers
    working area.
  3. Staff will be responsible for bringing their garbage to the dumpster each day.
  4. There will be an infection control box in each arena. This box will contain supplies to
    mitigate contamination by body fluids including properly folded masks, sanitizer, tissues,
    Ziploc bags (for soiled tissues and gloves) and gloves.
  5. Instructors will each have infection control items. Properly folded masks, sanitizer, zip
    lock bags, gloves, visors if desired, in addition to the infection control box in each arena.

    1. Gloves can be worn and disposed of appropriately.
    2. Uniform/clothing must be washed daily.
    3. Instructors will wear their masks during mounting, dismounting and whenever in
      proximity of others, but will remove and store mask according to CDC infection control
      guidelines when further away for more clear communications.
    4. Staff have viewed the CDC trainings on: COVID-19 symptoms, Handwashing Safety and
      Personal Protective Equipment use.
    5. Instructors will provide assistance to riders from the side or offset back as much as
      possible-avoiding standing directly in front of them as much as able.
    6. Staff will manage all for proper social distancing- not normal in our environment- so
      many will need reminders initially.

Programming Procedures

  1. In Phase 1 and 2: There will be a maximum of 1 rider to instructor and no more than 2
    riders in the arena at a time. If two siblings ride together, they may do so when the
    arena is free from any other lessons.
  2. Phase 3: All group lessons will be allowed under the discretion of Winslow Staff.
    The arena limit will be three riders in the arena at a time.
  3. Phase 4-5 will be determined based off state and CDC guidelines.
  4. There will be extra cleaning and sanitizing times throughout the day.
    1. During Phases 1-4 no arena toys will be used by participants. Phase 5 TBD.
  5. Only the breeze way and crosstie section by the arena are to be used (Grooming station
    1 and 2). During this time there will be no grooming and/or tacking in stalls.
  6. Changes of tack will be kept to a minimum. (exp: saddles to pad/acs back to saddles)
  7. The tack room will be restricted to one person at a time due to the small space.
  8. Tack: All cleaning will follow to the best of our ability CDC Guidelines. There will be a
    designated place for used tack. All areas will be clearly signposted.

    1. Grooming items:
      1. Will be dunked/sprayed in disinfectant solution following CDC Guidelines
        after use.
    2. Reins:
      1. Riders are encouraged to purchase their own.
        1. Rubber or cloth reins will be used during this time, as they can be more
          easily cleaned. Reins will be wiped down after each class and cloth reins
          will be dipped in a disinfectant solution following the CDC guidelines or
          washed in the washing machine at the end of each day.
    3. Saddles:
      1. Will be wiped down, spray/wiped with disinfectant, conditioned and
        allowed to dry in-between riders.
    4. Saddle pads and girths:
      1. Saddle pads and girths will be sprayed after each use.
    5. Lead ropes and halters:
      1. Will be sprayed, wiped down, or dunked in a cleaning and disinfectant
        solution at the end of each day.
    6. Facility:
      1. Will disinfect gate latches, hose nozzles and handles, cross tie snaps, light
        switches, stair and ramp rails twice a day.
      2. There will be trash bins provided without lids and a designated bin for biohazard.
        Biohazard will be double bagged, according to CDC Guidelines, and placed in the
        dumpster at the end of each day.
      3. There will be no recycling during this time.
      4. There will be signs such as “elbow” on light switches and doors to prevent
        touching the surface with hands.
      5. There will be signs throughout the property reminding about hand washing,
        social distancing, etc.

Key points to take away from this document:

  • Riders and Volunteers will ONLY be allowed to return if the RISK BENEFIT/ASSESSMENT & LIABILITY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM has been received.
  • Riders are to WAIT in their car for their instructor to get them at the start of the lesson.
  • Friends, families and visitors are not permitted in the building or to roam on the property at this time – please wait in your car.
  • Masks are required at all times, even when working with the horses.
  • COVID-19 health screen questionnaire, temperature, and hand washing are required riders and volunteers before entering the facility.
  • Riders are to touch their horse and their horse only, they will not be permitted to touch any other horses, the goats, or Sarah the cat.
  • Payment for lessons can be made one of the following ways: (1) cash, (2) check, (3) online at www.winslow.org/payment
Download Acknowledgement

Returning & New Participants – Return to Winslow Checklist

  • Read over COVID-19 Infection Control Plan for Mounted and Unmounted Sessions

  • Risk Benefit/Assessment & Liability Acknowledgement form printed, completed, and faxed to (845) 986-6686 or emailed to stacy@winslow.org

  • Personal helmet purchased – MUST be SEI-ASTM approved, bike helmets will not be allowed. Helmets can be purchased from Winslow for $35.

  • Personal reins purchased – optional.

  • Riding gloves purchased – optional.

  • NEW PARTICIPANTS! In addition to all above, please print and complete New Participant Form and Physician’s Form below.

New Participant Form
New Participant’s Physician Form