Keeping Everyone Safe – The New Normal

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Precautions to Keep You Safe

When NJ Governor Murphy announced that many recreational facilities, including horseback riding facilities, have reopened (with restrictions) as of Friday, May 22nd, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one that jumped for joy! I know that many of us, myself included, are breathing a huge sigh of relief to be able to return to our horses and barns.

While I am so excited that we are on the path to returning to some sense of normalcy with our horses/lives, I do want to ensure everyone, especially my clients, that I put the health and safety of my clients and their horses first.

I know that many barns, mine included, are taking every precaution to protect their boarders and essential staff, including but not limited to restricting barn hours, sanitization of facilities, mandatory masks, and prohibiting non-essential or outside visitors onto the property. As these restrictions gradually ease, I am excited to be able to meet with my clients and resume scheduling and holding portrait sessions, with some minor changes. I have been working on new policies to ensure the safety of everyone involved in portrait sessions, and to continue to use caution and follow the guidelines and rules set by both the state and your individual barns.

I commit to:

  • Maintain current social distancing rules, including staying home as much as possible to limit my exposure to the virus.
  • Err on the side of caution and reschedule any sessions if I am feeling ill or have any possible symptoms of the virus.
  • Take my temperature before leaving the house for any meeting or session.
  • Continue to follow and adhere to all state and local guidelines regarding social distancing, wearing of masks, and sanitization.

For most of your session, we are outdoors and I am more than 10 feet away from you and your horse. However, during your session I will:

  • Wear a mask at all times when not actively shooting/using my camera.
  • Maintain at least a 6 foot social distance.
  • Only enter your property and barn with permission and with full understanding of your barn’s policies and rules.
  • Wipe clean/disinfect all of my shared equipment including halters, lead ropes, and props both before and after your session.
  • Have hand sanitizer on hand to use at any point during our session.

I request that my clients reschedule if they have any concerns regarding their own health or the health of anyone they have been in contact with – there will be no penalties for rescheduling, even if last minute, due to health concerns.

Our safety is my absolute, unequivocal, number one priority. I’m so grateful for my amazing clients and the ability to do what I love most and to share it with all of you. I want to assure you that I will continue to place our health and safety above all else during this weird, unprecedented time.

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