While in theory, social distancing can be practiced during an equine massage session, the fact of the matter is that there aren't too many of us who do bodywork of any kind (human, animal or otherwise) who are working right now. But thankfully, that won't last forever. Contingent upon the public health guidance of the Scottish government, I am hopeful to be back to massaging horses in late June. For my clients of the human persuasion, the wait is sadly likely going be a bit longer, as the risk of COVID transmission between human hosts is higher.
As we see businesses slowly start to spring to life, you will undoubtedly be getting used to seeing new protocols and procedures in place at the establishments you plan to visit. Here are a few things you can expect to see during your appointment during this transitional time.
Frequent hand washing and social distancing measures will continue throughout the duration of the appointment. You're welcome to be present, we'll just keep that 6 feet between us.
Ideally, you'll want to wash your horse after his massage, further reducing the already low risk of surface transmission to you. Your horse will be just fine, as horses do not appear to contract COVID19.
If a bath isn't possible (or more likely the weather is not cooperating), I am more than happy to wear a mask and gloves during your horse's massage treatment.
Payment must be either via Paypal or bank transfer prior to the appointment (contact me for the details), or for the exact amount (cash or cheque), in a sealed envelope, so cash does not have to change hands excessively.
Thankfully the equine population is not as at risk as us humans, so this list of changes to practice is relatively short. As always, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to get in contact.