Coronavirus (COVID-19) And Your Horse: What You Need To Know

Coronavirus (COVID-19) And Your Horse: What You Need To Know

These are indeed trying times for our nation and the world. Who would have thought that in just a few weeks a virus could shut down our cities and country-side? While it is scary for us humans, for those of us who have horses and/or other pets it can be a constant worry in the middle of all the information in the media. In this post, we want to help you digest the mountain of information out there to make sense of how you can keep your pets and yourself safe from coronavirus.

The Good News

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), there are 3 main things that you should know with respect to animals:

  1. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses. Some of these viruses cause humans to get sick while others cause animals to get sick,
  2. Coronaviruses that cause sickness in animals rarely spread to humans,
  3. As of the writing of this article, there is a low chance that animals would spread coronavirus to humans

To summarize what the CDC has put forth, there’s a low chance of spreading the virus from animals to humans and vice versa. This is really good news, given how close we are with our pets.

Keeping Your Distance

When it comes to interactions, you should keep horses away from people outside the household. Although there’s a low chance of spreading the virus from humans to horses, there’s still a chance. It’s better to stay safe than have to deal with the complications of a sick horse.

One great benefit of owning a horse is the pleasure of going out on the trail. When you’re out there, maintain a 6-foot distance between you and other people and horses. Thankfully this is easy to do with horses as they already do keep some distance.

If You Get Sick

The CDC recommends staying away from animals if you contract the virus, just as you would stay away from other people. Get other family members to care for your horse in this case. If you have been in contact with other animals, it is strongly recommended that you notify people who may also have been in contact with the same animals. This will help them seek medical check-ups in time to receive treatment if they need it.

What To Do During Lock Down

Instead of being glued to the news, here are a few things you can spend your time on that would be beneficial:

  1. Work on the horse stalls or barn. This is a good time to make fixes that you’ve not had time to do. It may also be a great time to clean the stalls and improve living conditions for your horse.
  2. Get out for some horseback riding. Horse owners are so blessed to be able to enjoy nature. Just maintain at least a 6-foot distance with other humans.
  3. Learn more about horses. From equine blogs to YouTube videos, there’s so much you can learn about horses. Here at we publish interesting articles about selling and buying horses and other related articles. Click here to visit our blog.
  4. Are you in the market for your next horse or need to sell your horse? This is the perfect time to sell a horse because you have the time to create a great horse ad and even take photos or shoot a video. If you want to buy a horse, this time can be spent contacting sellers and doing your research without rushing into anything. By the time things open up, you’ll be ready to seal the deal.
  5. This is a good time to connect with family and spend quality time. Sometimes it feels like we’re always on the go, spending little time with the people we’re working hard for. This may be a blessing in disguise. Spend it with your family.

It’s Your Turn

How has COVID-19 affected you or your horse? We’d like to hear from you. It’s a trying time for many families but we pray that you stay safe and strong. This too shall pass!