Now that we are in the middle of phase 3, these are the rules and protocol that anyone and everyone who comes to East Hill Farm or Poulsen Dressage will follow.
These are the rules for boarders. A separate set of guidelines are printed for lessons. Click here to view the full PDF for COVID-19 Protocols for both boarders and lesson riders.
Thank you all so much for your cooperation.
Any and all people have to check the Vermont State Travel Restrictions MAP, If you are coming from ANYWHERE OUTSIDE Vermont, you must check the map on the Friday before you come and report the color of your county. IF ITS RED OR YELLOW you may not come without completing a 2-week quarantine or 7 day quarantine and a neg covid test. No Exceptions.
Here is the link to Vermont’s interactive map for cross-state travel.
Read These Protocols Before Coming Back to Farm
The following is a list of protocols for everyone to read before coming back to the farm.
*If you are sick, experiencing any signs or symptoms of respiratory illness or Covid-19, you may not enter. If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been around someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for the virus, you may not enter and we ask you observe a 2- week self-quarantine.
*As everyone begins to make their way back to the farm, please be conscientious and avoid public places or errands before arriving.
*At this point no guests please.
Keep it Clean!
*Sanitize your hands BEFORE entering and AFTER you are done and exiting.
*Latches, stall guard clips, crossties, door handles must be sanitized when you are done touching these surfaces. If you are the last one to leave, light switches and entrance/exit door handles also need to be disinfected. The farm has spray to use for these purposes.
*Please bring your own hand sanitizer to use as needed. Our supplies are limited. Remember that even if wearing rubber gloves, you will need to sanitize them periodically.
*We respectfully ask you refrain from using the bathroom unless it’s an emergency. If you must use the bathroom, there is a can of spray located outside the door. Light switch, handles, lock, toilet must be sprayed down before and after use.
*Wear a mask at all times unless you are riding. AT ALL TIMES
*During working hours, please groom your horse in their stall. This will help keep physical distancing easier as the staff does chores etc.
The pitchfork by the muck bucket in the aisle will be designated for use for picking up the shedding hair piles that will be generated while stall grooming or grooming in the aisle after hours. As will a broom and a shovel. There is disinfectant spray located by these tools for sterilizing the handles after use.
*If farm staff is not using your tack for training, please take it with you and transport it back and forth. This includes but is not limited to saddle, bridle, saddle pads, your helmet, whip, gloves and boots. Your grooming bags should also be kept with you. Each staff member has their own designated grooming supplies that we keep separate from each other and sanitary. For now, there will be no community grooming supplies.
*We are seriously limiting the need to be in the tack room.
There is now a tack sanitizing station set up outside of the tack room so anything going in or out is disinfected and returned sanitary. The bridle racks have been reorganized inside the tack room to help with this procedure. I will personally show you all this system.
*Please no community food or treats. You’re all so sweet and clearly fabulous bakers, but we need to put a hold on this for now.
We have resumed nearly all previously scheduled lessons and riding.
I will work individually with everyone according to your availability to create a fair system to schedule any lessons/training/free ride times. This is to ensure safe practices, physical distancing, and that we do not have too many people on property at one time. We have a limit of 15 people on property at one time.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me, and we will figure it out. I personally feel the adaptation of this “new normal” is going to go smoothly and end up feeling like it always did for you. Just with some safety precaution changes to keep everyone healthy and protected.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all again and getting this off the ground and running!
If You Are Trailering In
If you are trailering in you must have read Vermont’s State Protocols. If your traveling in from out of state, you must have followed all the Vermont Rules as well as your own State’s rules for return.
When trailering in, you must park in the field by the dressage arena. No use of the farm, barn or stalls. You must stay in the field by the arena and only use the dressage arena. Ruth or Sarah will meet you there. If you have a helper or parent with you, please bring your own chair. There is water at the hose by the garden for your horse and for washing.
Ruth and Sarah