COVID-19 Safety Protocol and Preventative Measures
Noble Farriery Infection Response
In the circumstance that a Noble Farriery employee, family member, or immediate person in contact with a member of our business contracts the coronavirus; operations for those in contact will immediately cease. Notice of cancellation and/or infection will be sent to all clients in order to carry out proper quarantine procedure and medical testing. Quarantine period for COVID-19 is 14 days from the last date of exposure as the incubation period for the disease is 2-14 days. We will work promptly to reschedule or refer clients to reputable farriers in the area for urgent appointments. At the end of the quarantine period those afflicted will follow the instruction of a medical professional before resuming workload and essential duties. Our efforts must be directed at protecting the health of clients, personnel, and their families.
Though work environments have changed, our commitment to providing quality service for both clients and horses remains the same.
Noble Farriery Preventative Measures
Stay Home If You Are Sick
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands or gloves
- Practice good hygiene, cover sneezes or cough.
- Do not visit barns if you have a fever or flu symptoms.
- Limit personal trips to essential activities/duties.
Practice Social Distancing
- Maintain social distance of 6 feet apart.
- Avoid crowded areas or gatherings.
- If possible, limit conversation or use alternative methods for communication with clients.
- Do not carpool or limit carpooling to essential situations.
- Stagger use of small rooms or facilities.
- Follow CDC guidelines as they update.
Contact With Horses
- If a client is immunocompromised or at higher risk of infection make note on the schedule.
- Disinfect halters, lead ropes and miscellaneous accessories after shoeing.
- The virus can persist on nonporous materials (leather bridles/saddles/halters, nylon halters/lead ropes, gate latches, door handles, spray nozzles) longer than porous materials (cotton lead ropes, saddle pads).
- Sanitize hands, wear gloves and change gloves in between handling horses.
- Sanitize tools between farms and consistently disinfect frequently used items.
- According to the CDC, the coronavirus can survive in the air up to three hours, on copper up to four hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours, and on stainless steel and plastic up to 72 hours.
- When handling shared facilities such as trash receptacle lids, hoses, etc, use good biosecurity practices such as gloves, paper towels, hand-washing, or other methods; as appropriate to avoid transmission.
- Disinfect gate latches, stall door handles, light switches, hose ends, spray nozzles, cross tie snaps, pitchforks, wheelbarrows, and other frequently handled surfaces regularly or after contact.
- In naturally ventilated areas we ask that farms open outside windows (while following biosecurity protocols) to increase air circulation in the area.