Dear Sage Farm Families,
Good news! The Governor’s Re-opening Advisory Board has included horseback riding in the Phase 1 Reopening. We are planning to start lessons on Tuesday May 26th. Please stay in contact with Angela by email if you are in the first wave of students. The first wave of students are those who are more independent leading and mounting their horse, so we can maintain social distancing. Those are the students on the schedule on the previous memo. If you did not receive that memo, we can send it again. As soon as we are comfortable we will start a second wave explained below. In accordance with reopening guidelines for outdoor activities, we have broken this up into four parts. 1.Social Distancing: Everyone will maintain 6 foot social distancing. We would only be unable to maintain 6 foot distancing during closer instructor-student contact. That will begin with students in our 2nd wave of student re-enrollment. In that case it will be gloves and mask as required. The example the government gave referred to a zip-line instructor wearing gloves and mask to adjust a harness and helmet on a student. Masks will be required by students entering the tack-room/ bathroom area. Spectators should stay in the parking lot for now, and maintain 6 foot distancing if you get out of the car. We will get you back in the viewing room as soon as possible. (I can take a couple of minutes of video here and there and send it to you if you have WhatsApp. Send me a request at email@example.com. I will do the best I can). Please make payments by USPS or Venmo to Brian Russell @Sage-Farm-Horses. If you did not receive a memo about payments already made, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send it to you. 2.Hygiene Protocols: In order to minimize traffic to the bathroom, please have students use the bathroom and wash their hands at home. We will have hand sanitizer at the gate to use when they come in. (We understand if you wish to bring your own.) The student will then take their horse from the crossties and go to the ring. Our instructors will be there to coach from a safe distance. After they ride, the student will bring their horse back to the barn, use hand sanitizer again, and go straight to the car. The bathroom will be available for emergencies, of course. Instructors will wash their hands frequently throughout the day. 3. Staffing and Operations: Staff members displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will not report to work. We ask you or anyone in your household displaying symptoms to stay home as well. Students will have minimal contact here, so when there is a case among the students, we will disinfect and continue operation. When a staff member develops a case, we will shut down for 24 hours and disinfect. These are the current guidelines. As the weeks and months pass, we will adjust with new guidelines. 4. Cleaning and Disinfecting: We are currently and will continue to disinfect common surfaces. That includes but is not limited to: the horses tack, doorknobs, gates and latches, light switches, crossties, lead ropes etc. We will increase intervals as the students start coming to ride. The truth is, horseback riding already has social distancing built in. It will not seem as foreign to you here as it has been when you’ve gone to other places. This has been an emotional time for all of us, and I can’t tell you how much being around the horses have helped us through. Come join us. Hope to see you all soon! The Sage Farm Staff and Horses
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2020 Summer Sessions Update
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