Guidance for Scotland

We are working hard to keep this information as up to date and as current as possible, however we strongly advise all groups to remain vigilant to any information or policies being implemented locally (e.g. new social distancing rules, local lockdowns, guidance on gatherings etc.) which may supersede the general RDA guidance

It is every group’s responsibility to keep up with changes to any restrictions that affect their group and ensure they are adhering to them.  This may mean a change to your protocols and risk assessment at short notice.  Please consider this when developing your plans and inviting participants and volunteers to sessions.

Please see below the current situation with regards to what you can do in Scotland: 

New Participants

New rider assessments may take place using a mechanical horse or using off-horse techniques that groups were using pre-COVID-19: Visual presentation, balance and being able to sit without back support etc. This should be done adhering to social distancing where possible, which is 1m for Scotland until 9 August (please refer to Supporting disabled people during COVID-19 for current guidance about what you need to do when breaching social distancing). A separate risk assessment will need to take place for each rider and we would recommend for the majority of riders to have a number of sessions in a quiet corner/ stable management session first, to build the relationship between the coach and the rider and to better understand the level of communication between rider and coach.  

Graphic detailing COVID restrictions in Scotland from 9 August 2021


Page Last Updated: August 6, 2021