Wellington, Fla. – March 25, 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect travel around the world, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes agriculture as a critical industry, and the movement of live animals is essential and therefore permitted. Following this statement, the National Horse Carriers Association (NHCA) would like to reiterate to their customers that their members will remain operational and working at full capacity while taking every safety precaution in order to keep horses moving to their destinations safely and efficiently.
As commercial horse carriers, NHCA members are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of all their drivers and the customers they may have to interact with. All drivers of NHCA members have been equipped with antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer and antibacterial sprays to combat the spread of germs. All equipment used by drivers is disinfected at the end of every trip, including the cab of the truck, as well as the interiors of the trailers. Water buckets, pitchforks, brooms, and anything else that NHCA members may have to handle in order to transport your horses safely will continue to be wiped down and disinfected frequently.
The NHCA would also like to thank all our drivers for their dedication and service during this difficult time. “We recognize that it is stressful to them and their families when they are asked to continue to do their jobs, while possibly putting themselves and their loved ones at risk,” said NHCA President, JR Hudson. “They are much appreciated and we would like everyone to recognize their sacrifices at this time.”
To help the NHCA members limit their exposure, customers can put the following safety measures into practice:
Wipe down all equipment that will be transported with horses with antibacterial wipes.
Once disinfected, wear gloves when handling equipment that will be loaded into trailers.
This includes feed/bedding as well. If in plastic bags disinfect the outside of the bag and then wear gloves when handling these items.
If you or anyone else who may be in contact with you or your horse(s), and/or equipment feels sick please let drivers know beforehand so they can take proper precautions.
For a complete list of NHCA members and the areas they service click here.