Many of us have been blindsided with the rapid spread of COVID-19 in not just Colorado, but in our whole country. At M&L Horsemanship, we want to do our part to support public health measures to help slow the spread of the disease. With the whole state currently being ordered to stay at home, we realize that this leaves many of our clients unsure of whether or not they can come to their private lessons. However, one of the exemptions of the stay-at-home order is exercise (yes, including horseback riding), as long as it is not in a large group. For this reason, we have decided to continue to offer our lessons albeit with some new restrictions and precautions so that we are not in violation of public health orders. From now until the heightened risk of spreading infection has passed and the restrictions on movement have been lifted, our new policies are as follows:
1. We will NOT be accepting new students at this time in order to minimize the need to interact in person with any more individuals than necessary. We still encourage anybody interested in starting lessons with us to get in touch via email, phone call or text to begin the process of setting up an in-person meet-and-greet as soon as we are able to safely do so. We may also provide you with the paperwork for you to go over at your leisure, and answer any questions you may have to the best of our ability so that when the time comes, we can get you on our calendar to start lessons as soon as possible. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.
2. Our lessons may take place as long as we are able to maintain the recommended social distancing buffer area of at least six feet to remain in compliance with public health orders. This means that we cannot help you to put on equipment, groom the horse, tighten your girth, or change your stirrups, so if you are not yet able to do these things by yourself, you may have to postpone lessons until after the pandemic. Parents or guardians from the same household may assist their children in these tasks.
3. We will be sanitizing all of the common equipment and surfaces between each lesson, so this may mean that we will have to schedule a little extra time between lessons to be able to do this effectively for everyone's safety.
4. While we are normally quite happy to accommodate friends or extra family members who wish to observe your lessons or meet the horses, during this time we must regrettably ask that the student come alone to his or her lessons until the health orders have been lifted. Of course, in the case of young children, this means that they may be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult caregiver, but we ask that extra family members and friends remain at home during this time.
5. For payment, we will currently only accept Venmo, PayPal, Zelle, or a personal check. Please, NO CASH at this time.
6. Although it probably goes without saying, we'll say it anyway. If you feel at all under the weather or have a fever, sore throat or a cough or have been exposed to someone exhibiting any symptoms of illness, PLEASE stay at home. We will temporarily refrain from charging students for last-minute cancellations if it is due to potential illness or exposure to illness.
We hope this clears up any confusion regarding lessons at this time, and that we will be able to continue to serve our clients to the best of our ability during the uncertainty that lies ahead.