Equine Herpes Virus is a virus found in horses all over the world but sadly there have been recent cases in Scotland and Lindores Equestrian want to raise awareness to ensure all customers travelling to and from our venue are aware of the virus and do their bit to stop the spread.
Once a horse is infected, the virus remains in the system and can reactivate in the future. Of the four main types, EHV-1 and EHV-4 are the most common in the UK.
Lindores Equestrian are implementing strict biosecurity protocols to ensure our stabling and facilities are clean and disinfected. However, we need our customers to also do their bit to help stop the spread of the virus.
WHAT IS EQUINE HERPES VIRUS?
EHV-1 which can cause signs of respiratory disease in young horses (runny nose, coughing, raised temperature), abortion in pregnant mares (usually later in pregnancy and sometimes in large outbreaks involving multiple mares) and sometimes paralysis in horses (of all ages). The virus affects young horses more than older ones. Older horses are less likely to show signs of infection, but are just as likely to spread the virus.
EHV-4 which usually only has a minimal effect on breathing and can occasionally cause abortion
EHV-3 which is a reproductive disease that causes pox-like lesions on the penis of stallions and the vulva of mares
EHV-5 which is associated with an unusual type of lung condition in adult horses
WHEN YOU BOOK TRAINING OR ATTEND A CAMP AT LINDORES YOU MUST COMPLY WITH THE NEW EHV PROTOCOLS WHICH ARE:
SELF DECLARE YOUR HORSE CURRENTLY SHOWS NONE OF THE CLINICAL SIGNS LISTED:
recent cough of unknown cause
recent nasal discharge of unknown cause
enlarged lymph notes
fever (>28.5 degrees Celsius)
recent onset of neurological signs of unknown cause
SELF DECLARE THE FOLLOWING:
The horses travelling to Lindores Equestrian are not under current investigation for EHV infection
have not been in contact with and are not kept on the same premises as a horse known to have or be under investigation for EHV
have been resident in the UK for the last 28 days.
the temperature of the horse is not >38.5degrees Celsius (is so please do not travel and let us know)
We appreciate you’re doing a lot to comply with our Covid Protocols and now we ask that you are fully aware of the EHV Protocols. Its hard to believe we live in a world where both equestrian and human pandemics can limit our travel and enjoy riding horses but with everyone’s co-operation and the above protocols we will hopefully be able to live with the challenges forced upon us!
When training at Lindores you are agreeing to abide by the above self declaration.
Any questions on the above please don’t hesitate to ask!
We are OPEN and you can book instantly online after reading this statement. We’re aligning with the Scottish Government’s Outdoor Sport and Leisure Activity Rules as an outdoor sports facility operator. We have an appointed COVID Officer who has undertaken the necessary risk assessments.
NO CONTACT OUTDOOR VENUE: We now have a simple and instant online booking form. We are proud to be a paperless and cashless venue. There is no longer a requirement to visit reception to complete a Disclaimer Form and pay cash on arrival, this is done online before you arrive.
Please at all times continue to practice Government recommendations on social distancing, and respect guests and staff who wish to take additional precautions.
In 2020 we built a new hard standing overflow car park below the working hunter grass paddock. Please attempt to park minimum 5 metres apart. There is now plenty of space to allow for this.
Single riders must have someone responsible on foot for safety
Hourly time slots must be adhered too
Use hand sanitizer provided at any closed gateway
Back protectors must be worn in line with British Regulations
Hire available with or without instructor.
Horses to be fully vaccinated up to one year. Don’t forget you must travel with your horse’s passport.
Wear up to standard safety equipment. Skull cap and back protector in line with British Regulations is mandatory when jumping on the cross country course. Use your own equipment for horse and rider. Respect the views and opinions of other members. Maintain social distancing at all times. Ride within your capabilities and current horse and rider fitness levels.
INSTRUCTORS & COACHES
Qualified instructors must have their own public liability insurance.
OUR ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM IS EASY AND QUICK. Check availability, book and pay instantly. Riders no longer have to sign a Disclaimer Form at reception on arrival. Your disclaimer is part of your online booking process. The person booking online accepts liability for all named riders and should share the Terms and Conditions with their group in advance of training so everyone know the rules. Instructors are welcome to book facilities using the online system as well. If you experience any difficulty with our booking system please tell us! We’ll sort it quickly for you.
YOUR BOOKED TIME
Arrive 15 minutes in advance of your start time. Try and not linger after training is finished. If you are running late please let Anna know in advance on 07736 044 058.
Payment for facility hire is now all online. Pay by credit or debit card. Our venue is cashless.
Will be cleaned regularly.
IF YOU FALL AND NEED ASSISTANCE
Call Anna on 07736044058 and someone will come to you. In the event of a serious accident contact emergency services immediately. Location details on facility gates.
We hope these guidelines make you feel safe and protected when visiting our facility
Do not travel if you have symptoms of Covid-19
Adhere to the signage on site
Use the hand sanitizers available at every gateway
Call Anna or the team if you have any questions, we’re friendly and very happy to help!
Mental Health Awareness Week, 18-24 May 2020, sees the launch of Riders Minds. A bespoke, comprehensive, online resource dedicated to supporting and improving the mental health of horse riders, across all levels.
Founded by 5* event rider Matthew Wright and his wife Victoria. Matthew has openly shared his own mental ill health struggles.
Matthew said, “The objective of Riders Minds is to remove the stigma of speaking out by increasing mental health awareness, understanding, and confidence amongst all riders. Its helpful from grassroots riders through to professional riders.
“Having been in a few dark places myself in the past we wanted to give the wider equestrian community somewhere to get help and someone to talk to. By raising the profile of mental health and well-being people will realise they are not alone and that it is okay not to be okay.”
Free Confidential Helpline, 24/7
Helpline: 0300 102 1540
In addition to equipping individuals with skills for good mental health and managing life’s ups and downs. Riders Minds also offers a free confidential helpline available 24 hours a day, sponsored by TheraPlate.
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 18-24 May 2020. More information can be found at www.mentalhealth.org.uk. Riders Minds is a signatory of the Sports and Recreation Alliance Mental Health Charter. In order to sign up to the charter the SLA ask their signatories to produce an action plan to demonstrate how they are using the power of sport to end the stigma around mental health.
Due to the coronavirus situation and to eliminate any risk of adding pressure to the NHS. It is with sadness that as of Monday 23rd March 2020 Lindores Equestrian will temporarily close access to any horse or rider physically wanting to hire the facilities for training, holidays, camps or clinics on site.
We shall provide digital training going forward. Lindores Equestrian are unclear when their stable doors will open again but are contacting all our equestrian bookings up until the end of May offering the opportunity to reschedule. We don’t know whether we will be open in June we will provide an update nearer the time based on government advice.
Lindores will continue to provide first class equestrian training but are looking at virtual solutions. To do this properly a bit of time is required. But Lindores hope to work with the incredible list of accredited instructors and hosts to deliver what customers want and need. So complete the form below to be part of The Lindores Digital Movement.
Lindores Equestrian have been following the British Horse Society and British Equestrian Federation for guidance since the outbreak however the family feel it is their moral and social duty to stop any horse riding or unnecessary travel to the award winning venue with immediate effect.
Some equestrian training centres in Scotland will continue to operate because there has not been an outright ban on horse riding but Anna the manager of Lindores Equestrian stated,
“We want to do our bit to reduce the coronavirus spreading, we want to limit the pressure on the NHS and we do not want to be in a position where a rider injures themselves on our premises and they are unable to get the medical care they require. We love our customers, employees and family and we want to make every effort to protect them.”
What does this mean for camps and training booked in March, April and May 2020?
We shall be contacting bookings directly and offer rescheduled training dates from August 2020 until year end. There is availability to reschedule clinics and private hire training from June to year end.
Lindores Equestrian want to remain part of peoples training and development. Our digital solutions will hopefully go someway to providing information, help and advice for you and your horse.
We’re offering free digital sessions if you enter a virtual training idea below, which we then deliver at Lindores Equestrian. We will let you enjoy it for free when its up and running.
With the BEu100 Championships at Frickley Park now an exciting memory forever etched in the brains of all those young athletes who represented their country, we wanted to find out more about some of the support crew.
The role of supporting Mums and Dads covers everything from groom to mentor to transporter and of course financial support. When we interviewed a selection of the BEu18 Scotland Team it was apparent how they all cited a parent as their biggest supporters.
We were keen to get a parents perspective and so we took a few minutes with super Mum Emma Bryce to find out more.
Please introduce yourself and your daughter
My name is Emma and my daughter is Ellie. Ellie is on the Lindores Equestrian sponsored BEu100 Scotland Team.
Do you come from a horsey-background yourself and has this been a help or a hindrance?
I had a pony when I was younger but my parents weren’t horsey in the slightest. I bred my own foal in 1999 Macrana.
How has riding influenced Ellie as she is growing up?
Ellie has been riding since before she could walk so as a result spends every free moment she has with them. When she fell in love with eventing she took in two liveries to fund it, getting up at 5am every day to ride and muck out before school.
As a parent what have you invested into Ellie achieving her goals?
Mainly time as after buying her first pony she has saved and purchased her subsequent ones.
How did you feel when Ellie got selected for the BEu18 Scottish Team?
Exceptionally proud, she had worked so hard to achieve her goal of representing Scotland and had many setbacks along the way but always picked herself up, dusted herself off and tried again.
As a parent which phase of eventing to you enjoy the most and why?
Cross country I think as it’s wonderful to watch but heart racing at the same time.
Which is your least favourite part?
Dressage as it’s the phase Ellie always feels she could have done better. It’s also the phase I can’t watch!
Since Ellie has been eventing what have you learnt?
To be patient, never give advice to her at an event and how lovely and supportive all the other parents are.
What advice would you give to other parents with a son/daughter interested in taking up eventing more seriously?
Make sure you have an understanding other half as weekends are rarely spent at home!
Does Ellie have any supporters who need a mention?
Two years ago Ellie was approached by Jim Spiers from Advanced Roller Doors (EK) to be a brand ambassador who has been an amazing support ever since and more recently by A2B Equestrian, who are a riding safety centre, and ensure Ellie is well kitted.
Find out more…
If you haven’t watched our fun video with some of the BEu18 team you can watch it here.
Or if, like many of the BEu18 team you’d like to come and train at Lindores Equestrian you can.