The Red Ribbon- A Reminder to Social Distance

The Red Ribbon- A Reminder to Social Distance

May 04, 2020

Competitive equestrians are well aware that horses donning red ribbons on their tails pose a potential danger to those within close proximity. The symbol is a request for “social distance” to avoid a potential harmful interaction. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, think of our new way of co-existing in public is that everyone is wearing a red ribbon. We must be aware of our surroundings and recognize the various risks including asymptomatic carriers that do not show any symptoms of the virus. 

It is very easy to slip into our previous norms as as state governments begin to relax social restrictions and many of our barns are re-opening. While the “curve is flattening,” the number of cases and deaths from COVID-19 continues to grow.  To protect yourself and others, the CDC has published multiple guidelines including the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.


For the time being, pretend that we are all wearing red ribbons in a crowded warm-up ring. Be aware of your proximity to others and continue to practice social distancing measures to protect each other and stop the spread of COVID-19. The more we cooperate to beat this deadly virus, the sooner our businesses, events, and social activities can resume.

Stay Safe,

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