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.

  • When participants or volunteers are at the facility for lessons or sessions, doors will remain open to reduce touch surfaces.

  • SOUTHERN REINS IS CURRENTLY OFFERING INDIVIDUAL PRIVATE LESSONS OR SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

Southern Reins' staff oversees routine cleaning and disinfection of the facility following protocol from the organization’s 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 March 13, 2020

Essential staff and horse care volunteers only. Hand sanitizer will be provided for use before, during and after caring for horses. Staff and horse care volunteers are encouraged to wear a mask and wash their hands frequently.  Touch point surfaces will be routinely disinfected and cleaned throughout the day. 

June 2, 2020 - CURRENT PHASE

Lesson sessions are restricted to a private 30 minute lesson, or semi-private 45 minute lesson with a maximum of 2 participants.  Participants may not have any significant risk factors. 

  • Designated access areas will be marked and areas throughout the barn will be restricted to staff only (including the volunteer lounge, tack room and feed room).

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

  • Visitors and guests are not permitted at the Collierville Campus, which shall remain closed except for scheduled lessons.

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

  • The Program Director will prop open the Welcome Center doors for participants, family members and caregivers to have access to the restrooms. Instructors will pull all assigned tack and equipment and have the horse waiting in the cross tie area for the assigned volunteer. The rider's helmet will also be with the horse’s equipment.

  • Staff, volunteers and participants will have their temperature taken upon arrival with a non-contact forehead IR thermometer gun.

  • 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.

  • If it is necessary for the participant to travel through the barn to access the arena, the Instructor or volunteer can accompany them if directed by the Instructor.

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

  • 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. 

  • There will be a 15 minute break scheduled between each lesson to allow time for disinfecting protocols to be followed

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

  • The Program Director or Instructor will remove helmets, clean and disinfect with Lysol and set aside so as not to be immediately used by the next participant. Participants are encouraged to purchase and use their own helmet/s.

  • Instructors or volunteers who use disposable gloves are required to remove and dispose of the gloves immediately after the lesson and/or any contact with the participant, then immediately wash and sanitize their hands - then report immediately back outside to wait for their next participant or leave the property.

  • 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 by the Program Director or Instructor. The horses halter, lead rope, and stall door will also be disinfected after they are returned to the stall.

  • At the conclusion of each lesson, the Program Director or Instructor will clean and disinfect bathroom door handles, as well as any other known surfaces that may be required to be cleaned and disinfected.

Date to be determined

Lesson sessions are offered to include private lessons and group lessons not to exceed 3 participants.  Participants may not have any significant risk factors. Other provisions continue as in Phase 2.

Date to be determined

Lesson sessions resume under normal conditions prior to COVID-19, and Southern Reins' facility is open to the public.

Click the link below to view our Action Plan and Preparedness

Click the link below to view our Safety Protocol for Operations

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

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

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Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy

916 Billy Bryant Road

Collierville TN 38017

901-290-1011

501(c)3 Nonprofit EIN Number: 47-4647784

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