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Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in Newsflashes |

Application for specific essential equine care to be included in the Government Guidelines for COVID-19

Application for specific essential equine care to be included in the Government Guidelines for COVID-19

The SAEF is acutely aware of the challenges that our country is faced with during the COVID-19 lockdown. The stringent guidelines have impacted on everybody and in our case in particular on the welfare of horses in the equestrian fraternity.

Whilst we were of the belief that horses could cope with the first 21 days of lockdown, the extension of the lockdown to the end of April 2020, has now raised massive concerns regarding the welfare of our horses.

Equestrian sport is completely different to any other sport as it has a second ‘living being’ involved, and it is with in mind that we are respectfully seeking relaxation of the regulations affecting our members and their horses, all of these falling under essential equine care for the welfare of the horse.

Essential Equine Care is categorised as follows:
• Providing food, water, proper handling,
• Providing health care (veterinary and farrier services)
• Providing exercise necessary to an individual horse

Document 1 – Application from the SAEF for horse owners and riders to perform essential services for horse welfare – https://saef.org.za/…/Application-from-SAEF-for-horse-owner…

20 April 2020 – Document 2 – Vital information regarding exercise, vaccination and wellbeing/welfare of the horse – https://saef.org.za/…/VITAL-INFORMATION-REGARDING-EXERCISE-…

20 April 2020 – Document 3 – Motivation for relaxation Dr Sheelagh Higgerty – https://saef.org.za/…/SAEF-Letter-for-Lockdown-relaxation-0…