Following the recent government announcement, we are undertaking a staged return. Currently we are reopening for private lessons, to existing customers with independent riding and horse handling abilities. All lessons will be 30mins (privates can be tiring for you and our horses).
This decision has been made to protect you and our staff at this difficult time. We understand this will be disappointing news for a number of clients who miss our lovely horses and ponies and for potential new clients. Please sit tight, we will be back in full when we can.
We will review this decision regularly and update via facebook in the first instance and on this site. Want to know more about what we are usually up to, ready for our full return? Take a look at what we do.
What does 'private lessons for existing customers with indepedent riding and horse handling abilities' mean?
In short this means we can only open, currently, to individuals who can confidently handle a horse from the stable to arena, check tack, mount and ride independently. We will not be opening just yet to new clients, groups, children or people who need physical help to handle, mount or ride. (Boo, we know!)
This is because we need to protect you and our staff by ensuring social distancing is maintained at all times and that minimal shared surfaces are touched.
I think I have independent riding and handling & I'd like to book.
That sounds great! Here's some things we need to check: Firstly, you need to be an existing customer. This is so we can be confident with you and get you back in the saddle. If you're not then I am afraid we can't take your booking currently, but please keep an eye for further updates.
If you are an existing customer and can answer the following questions confidently, then we can not wait to see you. Please be honest with us and yourself. Remember that your health comes first. We do not want to cause any more strain on the NHS and we will be open to all as soon as we can:
Do you own your own equipment (hat, body protector, gloves) and agree not to share these with others?
Can you tighten girth and adjust stirrups comfortably and safely without help from an instructor?
Are you able and willing to enter the stable; undo the throat lash, on the bridle, to release the reins; lead your mount to the arena, safely without assistance and recheck a girth?
Can you mount your horse without assistance?
Are you happy that during your lesson you will walk and trot only, until the instructor deems it safe to progress?
If yes - amazing. Bookings are open to begin on Sunday 17th May with Beth (07896649298) . Felicity is currently considering a return from the 1st June and is taking bookings in principle (07850664992).
Please be aware that if our instructors deem you unable to do any of the above we will not allow you to ride/continue riding for your own safety.
What is Burnby doing to keep me safe?
To keep you safe we will have a number of measures in place.
Social distancing will be practiced at all times
Minimal staff will be present to keep your time with us as safe as possible.
There will be a minimum 15 minute interval between clients to avoid crossover
Equipment will be cleaned between each client
Throughout the day we disinfect door handles and communal areas.
We're asking riders to own their own equipment, as sharing riding gear has been deemed to be a risk at this point
We will ask you to pay by bank transfer prior to your appointment to ensure cash handling does not create close contact.
What about first aid?
Riding is a risk support and injuries can occur. To protect our staff and ensure you get the best care we have decided to make a change to our general first aid procedures. Where first aid is needed this will be via a visual assessment only and should you require further assessment or treatment, you will be advised to go straight to A & E or an ambulance will be called.
We will only conduct physical first aid where injuries are deemed life threatening, or where the lack of physical intervention could create a life threatening situation. This will be under the best judgement of our first aid trained staff.
What facilities are available?
All inside spaces will be closed.
The toilet will still be available for customers
The cafe will be available on a one in, one out basis for hand washing, in addition to the toilet.
What we ask from you?
Please be honest in your ability. We don't want to have to stop anyone riding mid lesson.
Please wash your hands regularly and do not touch surfaces and equipment you do not need to.
Please stick to time slots on arriving and leaving to help us ensure no cross over happens where not needed.
Please pay in advance of your lesson by bank transfer.
If you or a member of your family develop a cough or cold, please cancel your appointment.
Please maintain social distancing at all times.
Thank you from us all.
Burnby Equestrian Centre, The Granary, Burnby, York YO42 1RS