COVID-19 Operating Plan

Southern Reins continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, following safety protocols and operations outlined by the Shelby County Health Department, Tennessee Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our organization is dedicated to ensure the safety of our staff, participants, family members and volunteers.  The following safeguards and safety protocols will be followed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at our facility:

  • Southern Reins will follow directives issued by the Shelby County Health Department, Tennessee Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as recommendations by our medical advisors.   

  • Risk factors regarding COVID-19 will be evaluated daily.

  • Staff and volunteers who show symptoms or are diagnosed with COVID-19, or have another illness or are unwell, are restricted from being at the facility. 

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) is required, including protective masks will be required for all staff and volunteers. Southern Reins will supply masks and non-latex gloves as needed.

  • Staff and volunteers are required to wash their hands before and after each lesson or session. Participants are required to use hand sanitizer before and after each lesson. 

  • Southern Reins has designated access areas with limitations to the number of individuals in each area. All individuals must maintain a minimum of 6' of social distancing. 

  • Hand sanitizer stations are located at designated access areas.

Southern Reins has implemented routine cleaning and disinfection of the facility following the protocol of our Safety and Sanitization Checklist. This includes cleaning and sanitization of equipment (including tack and helmets), and practicing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, toilets, faucets, sink basins, etc.


Effective as of March 8, 2021

Group, semi-private, and private lessons are available with a maximum of 3 participants in an arena. Participants may not have any significant risk factors. 

  • Designated access areas and restricted areas will be marked throughout the property.

  • Only participants, a family member, volunteers and staff are permitted at the facility, and only for scheduled lessons.

  • General visitors and guests must have an approved appointment in advance to visit the Collierville Campus. 

  • A supply table will be set up under the awning of the Welcome Center to include non-latex gloves and hand sanitizer.

  • Staff, volunteers and participants will wash their hands before and after each lesson.

  • Only the Instructor or an assigned volunteer will be allowed to enter the barn prior to the arrival of the participant.

  • Participants will wait in their vehicles until their designated lesson time, and until such time as the Instructor designates.

  • Staff and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times and will properly wash and sanitize their hands immediately before the lesson starts, and immediately after the lesson ends. 

  • If it is necessary for the participant to travel through the barn to access the arena, the Instructor or designated volunteer must accompany them.

  • The Program Director will oversee that all safety protocols are followed. 

  • Participants, family members, and caregivers should remain in their vehicles in between lessons to reduce their exposure.

  • All helmets will be cleaned and disinfect with Lysol and set aside so they are not immediately used by the next participant. Participants are encouraged to purchase and use their own helmet/s.

  • All equipment - including but not limited to - tack, adaptive equipment, pads, and reins will be removed from the horse by the volunteer and sprayed with disinfectant. The horse's halter, lead rope, and stall door will also be disinfected after they are returned to the stall.

Click the link below to view our Action Plan and Preparedness

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Click the link below to view our Safety Protocol for Operations

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Click the link below to view and print our Participant COVID-19 Agreement

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Click the link below to view and print our Volunteer COVID-19 Agreement

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