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As well as the challenge of "breaking up boredom", Ms Rogers was also concerned horses have lost muscle by not working, which will need to be built back up.
Pontyclun Coronavirus lockdown measures Coronavirus pandemic Animal welfare Horses. In England, a campaign was launched by the Ingestre Stables in Staffordshire to ease restrictions and Ms Rogers said she thought the Welsh Government should take similar measures. Used to three hours of lessons a day, horses are currently largely confined to their stables.
Related Topics. People in Wales are now able to exercise outdoors with someone from another household - and Ms Rogers said she believed one-to-one socially distanced lessons should now be allowed, both from an animal welfare point of view and also to help businesses financially. She said there were also many other potential issues related to lack of activity - swollen legs, behavioural issues towards humans and other horses, loss of fitness, stiffness, lameness, and repetitive habits caused by boredom, such as wearing down teeth.
Amelia Rogers, who runs the facility in Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf, with her parents said it had been hit hard financially, selling five of its 27 horses to support the others. The British Horse Society in Wales said riding schools were "the lifeblood of the equestrian industry" and it wants them to reopen in line with children returning to the classroom to ease the strain.
Concern over 'dogfishing' and abandoned pets. Published 25 October Talygarn Equestrian Centre said their animals were also losing muscle.
Riding school calls for change in lockdown rules Concerns over 'dogfishing' and abandoned pets. We can't ride them all, so take them out in groups to get rid of excess energy.
RSPCA equine welfare expert Dr Mark Kennedy said: "Exercise is so important for equines and ensuring their welfare; all horses should have access to a paddock where they can exercise every day, in the company of other horses, for as long as possible. In the summer the horses were able to run in fields, but these have been unusable during winter months and the animals have been largely confined to their stables. While there has been some business support during both lockdowns, Ms Rogers said "costs don't stop like a pub" - with "ificantly high" amounts spent on welfare, vet bills, farriers and bedding, while they have been unable to furlough staff and have seen their own income disappear.
Published 23 January. Riding school warns of 'major welfare concerns'.
Ms Rogers said: "We can only give them one form of exercise a day. A Welsh Government spokeswoman said it was "continuing to do all we can to protect businesses during these very difficult times".
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You can't run a riding school without horses. Prior to the Covid lockdown, people would ride the horses at Talygarn each week during lessons - but the task is currently down to Ms Rogers and three apprentices, who also care for them.
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It wants centres to reopen when children return to school classrooms, and she added: "Riding schools are the lifeblood of the equestrian industry and this latest lockdown will cause immense difficulties for them.