July 8, 2020
Written By: Terry Flores, Interim Executive Director

TROT During COVID-19 as of August 18, 2020

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson continues to monitor the updates in our community and follow the Center for Disease Control and PATH Intl recommendations relating to COVID-19.  Even though we are eager to begin our classes as soon as possible, the safety of our volunteers and our participants is of the utmost importance to us.  In order to maintain all of the extra safety protocols we have implemented we have made the decision to push back the Fall Semester.  Our tentative class start date is set for September 28, 2020.  This will allow for the weather to cool down so that our volunteers, and participants, can properly and safely keep their masks on during your classes.   

Due to the change our Fall Semester will look a bit different.  We will not have a fall break and classes will continue until December 19, 2020, with a one week break from November 23 to November 28 (Thanksgiving Break) making the semester 11 weeks long, instead of 12.  Because of these uncertain times we do encourage everyone to pay on a month to month basis in order to better manage fees owed.  

Thank you so much for your ongoing understanding as we navigate through this ever changing world.  As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to us. COVID-19 procedures for participant and volunteer safety. 

  • Masks are required on property, when in buildings, in a class, or at the barn.
  •  ‌Everyone‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌property‌ is ‌to‌ ‌avoid‌ ‌physical‌ ‌contact‌ ‌with‌ ‌others‌ ‌and‌ ‌keep‌ ‌six‌ ‌feet‌ ‌social‌ ‌distancing,‌ ‌when at all ‌possible.‌
  • Two separate paths clearly marked. One for volunteers and one for participants.
  • Six-feet apart markers are placed on the volunteer and participant entrance paths.  ‌
  • Participants are required to wear a mask upon arrival and can remove their mask once mounted.  Mask is to be worn again for dismounting. 
  • All volunteers and participants will be asked a COVID-19 screening questionnaire. 

COVID Screening

Please read and answer all questions honestly

1. Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 14 days: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit?

2. Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19?

3. Have you or anyone in your household visited or received treatment in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care, or other health care facility in the past 14 days?

4. To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who is in quarantine or who has been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19?

  • All volunteers and participants will have their temperatures taken.
  • All volunteers and participants will wash their hands (for a minimum of 20 seconds) with soap.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to carry a personal small sized hand sanitizer. 
  • All participants will have their own helmet for the semester and will not share helmets.
  • All participants (except ones that are not able to do so due to tactile sensitivities) will wear gloves for their session.
  • Limit‌ ‌of‌ ‌4‌ ‌people‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌building‌ ‌(volunteer‌ ‌room,‌ ‌classroom)‌ ‌
  • Limit of 2 people in the tack room.
  • Ramada seating clearly marked to allow for six feet apart social distancing.
  • Horses are led in and out of the arena by gates that allow for social distancing from the participant and volunteer ramada. 
  •  ‌In‌ ‌person‌ ‌meetings‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌limited.‌ ‌To‌ ‌every‌ ‌extent‌ ‌possible,‌ ‌meetings‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌conducted‌ ‌by telephone‌ ‌or‌ ‌virtually.‌ ‌
  •  Disinfectants‌ ‌used‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌property‌ ‌will‌ ‌follow‌ ‌the‌ ‌CDC‌ ‌recommendations.‌ ‌
  •  Frequently‌ ‌touched‌ ‌surfaces‌ ‌(i.e.‌ ‌door‌ ‌handles,‌ ‌phones,‌ ‌gate‌ ‌latches,‌ ‌hose‌ ‌ends,‌ ‌door‌ ‌knobs, light‌ ‌switches,‌ ‌ramp‌ ‌rail)‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌cleaned‌ ‌and‌ ‌disinfected twice‌ ‌daily.‌ ‌
  • All grooming tools, dressage whips, saddles, reins, side pulls, saddle pads, halters, lead ropes, ‌tools‌ ‌and‌ ‌any‌ ‌props‌ ‌used‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌arena will be disinfected after each session.
  • All gloves will be washed after each session. 
  • Regular‌ ‌housekeeping‌ ‌practices‌ ‌for‌ ‌bathrooms‌ ‌and‌ ‌common‌ ‌areas‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌increased‌ ‌to‌ ‌twice daily and as needed.

Click below to see TROT’s updated COVID-19 consent forms and policy and procedures.

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