Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy - Reopening Plan

Southern Reins continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Following the "Back to Business Plan" for Shelby County, Tennessee, we hope to begin offering limited programming at our Collierville Campus under Phase 2 of the plan; that is subject to change at any time.
 

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is dedicated to ensure the safety of its staff, participants, family members and volunteers as we return to work. 
The following safeguards and safety protocols will be followed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at our facility:

  • Southern Reins will follow recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Tennessee Department of Health, and recommendations by our medical advisors. 

  • Local risk levels 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) will be 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 will have designated access areas with limitations to the number of individuals in designated access areas, maintaining a minimum of 6' of social distancing. 

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be 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.

  • Participation will be first come, first serve.  SOUTHERN REINS WILL OFFER INDIVIDUAL PRIVATE LESSONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

Southern Reins' staff will oversee 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 - CURRENT PHASE

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. 

Tentative Date June 1, 2020 - subject to change

Independent participants and/or those who require a horse leader and volunteer spotter may return for private 30 minute lessons.  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

Participants who require a horse leader and/or Sidewalkers may return for private 30 minute lessons.  Other provisions continue as in Phase 2.

Date to be determined

Participants and volunteers may return for limited group lessons and private lessons.  Other provisions continue as in Phase 2.

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  ID Number: 47-4647784

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