Horse Riding

Allow low level horse riding activities, including hacking to restart.

Why the contribution is important

Animal welfare is important, this includes exercising safely and responsibly. Not all horses cope well with having no exercise. Exercising horses through ridden and in hand work can be classed as daily exercise for the rider, as well as addressing animal welfare.

by Blackbeauty on May 09, 2020 at 03:39PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 4.8
Based on: 17 votes


  • Posted by Adtridkopp May 09, 2020 at 16:03

    This can clearly be done safely so let it happen
  • Posted by Eladram May 09, 2020 at 16:08

    Horses need to be exercised and looked after, and riding can be done in a socially distanced way. No reason why riding should not be allowed. (I do not own a horse and have never learned to ride so I have no personal axe to grind.)
  • Posted by L71 May 09, 2020 at 16:14

    Horse welfare is a massive consideration here as are the positive benefits to riders both in terms of physical exercise & mental well-being
  • Posted by Elkie May 09, 2020 at 16:30

    I can walk my dog, because it is important for the dog's welfare. I can cycle, because it is healthy exercise. I do not have an equine companion. But to be honest, if I had one, this is the one rule I would have broken a while ago.
  • Posted by AndrewAnderson May 09, 2020 at 17:40

    Seems like a good idea. Btw, there's no "rule", as in law, against it: it's undoubtedly a form of exercise.
  • Posted by Dextermc11 May 10, 2020 at 17:57

    Allow livery yards to reopen with some agreed social distancing - for the protection and welfare of the horses. Nothing wrong with grooming, lunging and hacking a horse alone in a stable, arena or the open countryside. How can that be a risk when hundreds of people are standing in a queue waiting to get into a supermarket or lying in a park having a picnic in the sunshine....
  • Posted by Mattsmum May 11, 2020 at 10:24

    I think the only argument against this would be the number of people having accidents that require ambulance/ admission to hospital. It's a fairly dangerous sport so that's why it's being discouraged at this time. Horses are going to be pretty " fresh" after an 8 week lay off so maybe riders will be more accident prone? I'm an ex horse rider so no axe to grind.
  • Posted by Dkrke0 May 11, 2020 at 17:02

    Most Livery Yards are currently closed to owners and their horses are being cared for by yard owners which can be costly to many owners who typically engage in DIY livery. Caring and riding horses can easily be achieved is a safe, socially distanced, fully outdoor environment.
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