What are we doing at A Lotte Horses to minimize Covid-19 risk?


  • We are a fully outdoor program.

  • Everyone must wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds upon arrival at the ranch.

  • Only one person or an adult & child/siblings are permitted in the tack room at a time.

  • Pet the animals but remember not to kiss them!

  • We sanitize rakes, tools and tack between uses.

  • We sanitize bathrooms and communal areas between sessions.


  • Each session starts with circle time where we review elements of safety. We reinforce the physical space we are trying to give each other.

  • Chores are assigned and wherever possible we do not share our tools.

  • We have extra tables for snack and craft times.

  • We spread out whenever possible and use markers to help with space awareness.

  • Children are reminded to give each other space and are engaged and supported by an instructor.

  • We ask everyone to avoid coming to the ranch if you feel at all unwell. This is a time where we are taking big steps to trust each other in making decisions regarding our health and our family's health. This is our highest priority.

What are we not doing at A Lotte Horses?

  • We are not all wearing masks all the time. These inhibit our ability to communicate in the outdoors, often with ambient noise and large spaces in the riding arena. It would be unsafe for our instructors to wear masks at these times. It is likely that they would not be effectively heard. Our instructors wear masks when working closely with the children.

  • We are not strictly enforcing a 6ft distance but remind participants to spread out whenever possible and encourage space awareness.


Mask Mandate

Times to wear a mask, per the California state mandate:

While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same residence is not feasible.

Times not to wear a mask, per the California state mandate:

Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.

Participants and instructors are required to wear masks whenever it is not feasible to maintain a six foot distance from others.  Participants will not wear masks while riding horses or while exerting themselves.

© 2020  Lotte Swauger | A Lotte Horses   (805) 794-1154 

AB Ranch -  5634 Wheeler Canyon Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060 | Email: alottehorses@yahoo.com

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