Barn Visiting Hours: Protecting People During a Pandemic

Our reporter is adapting to life with limited access to her horse as her barn sets guidelines to prevent COVID-19 spread.

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Barn Visiting Hours: Protecting People During a Pandemic
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing, some boarding barns have put strict schedules in place, allowing boarders to visit and ride their horses individually. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse
At first, I didn’t expect the COVID-19 pandemic to affect me much—as a horse owner, anyway.

Sheltering in place was easy. Sonny and I don’t travel much, even to local horse shows. Weekend activities are generally limited to a handful of barnmates who gather at our boarding barn, gossip, and plan lunch at a local burger joint.

Then COVID-19 began its march across the country. Suddenly, the barn was no longer the linchpin of my equestrian social life.

Suddenly there were rules: social distancing, self-isolation, and prescribed personal hygiene

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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