TROtt message to volunteers – COVID-19

Attention volunteers,

TROtt’s priority is the health and safety of its staff, volunteers, clients and their families. We are closely monitoring advice from Ontario’s public health authority and Canada.ca/coronavirus, the primary authoritative source of information on COVID-19 for all Canadians. We will keep you informed as the situation evolves.

In the meantime, as day-to-day operations at TROtt continue, we ask that you:

  • use the hand sanitizer provided when entering and leaving the barn;
  • wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds;
  • practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette (e.g., sneezing or coughing into your elbow);
  • avoid tacking up in close proximity to other riders; and
  • not come to the barn within 14 days of returning from international travel.

We also ask that you self-monitor your health for possible symptoms of COVID-19. These include:

  • fever;
  • cough;
  • difficulty breathing;
  • pneumonia in both lungs.

If you become ill, please do not come to the barn. Call your health care provider or public health authority and follow their instructions. Please also notify Fiona Kearney at 613-821-1844.

Visit the prevention and risks section of Canada.ca/coronavirus or contact the COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397 for more information.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Fiona Kearney

TROtt Operations Manager

TROtt message to clients – COVID-19

The Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa-Carleton (TROtt) has been providing therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with primarily physical, developmental, and learning disabilities for over 40 years. As the only accredited therapeutic riding school in the Ottawa area, we recognize our program and special horses fill an important need in our community for our riders and their families who rely on our services.

As the anniversary of the COVID pandemic passes the one-year mark, we continue to offer limited riding lessons under strict health and safety protocols. Therapeutic riding relies on support from volunteers as horse handlers, while family members are currently being used as side walkers, given their close proximity to the riders. Limited classes mean limited funds to care for our horses. Now more than ever, donations are greatly appreciated. Please visit our “Hay for Horses” page and help us to feed a horse.

We thank you for your continued support during this most difficult time.

Stay safe,
TROtt