Guidelines Horse Boarding Facilities Covid 19

Asked April 14, 2020, 9:38 AM EDT

Some boarding facilities in Michigan are allowing boarded horses' owners to schedule spaced out times to see/ride their horses and some have shut down completely. My horse is boarded at one that is shut down completely. Is the direction from the state unclear - or is this up to the individual barns to decide what they want to implement in terms of shutting down vs. implementing rules for washing hands, only allowing a certain number of people in the barn at one time, social distancing, etc.? Grateful for any feedback you might have, as I believe riding can be done safely. Spaced out ridetimes, grooming and tacking up in a stall rather than community cross ties, closing the community bathroom and observation room, etc.


1 Response

Refer to Michigan Executive Order No. 2020-42 (COVID-19) to reference allowable activities.

Extension Horses, Inc. - a group of professionals from Land Grant Universities around the country have assembled several COVID infographics including one that defines Essential Equine Care During a Pandemic. These resources can be found here:

In addition, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has a resource available entitled: Preventing the Spread of COVID 19 in Equestrian Facilities.

Stay Safe!