Share the Trail
Do you share multiuse riding trails with cyclists and hikers? If so, show respect, so they’ll remain willing to share trails with you and your equine friend. Complaints can add up and possibly restrict future equine trail access. Here are a few trail etiquette rules to follow courtesy of Lois Tochtrop, a member of the Colorado Horse Council board of directors: • Yield the right-of-way. As a horseback rider, you have the right-of-way on multiuse trails, but don’t insist upon it. Instead, when you encounter a non-equine trail user coming the other way, graciously move aside. Say hello, and politely communicate any requests, such as the need for a cyclist to slow down as he or she passes by. • Pass with care. As you pass a non-equine trail user, announce yourself loudly, and let him or her know which side you’ll be passing on. Speak up — many runners, hikers, and cyclists wear earbuds. • Clean up. Never leave horse manure in the trailhead parking lot. Stash it in your trailer, and dispose of it safely and properly when you get home.
WILLIAM J ERICKSON PHOTO When sharing multiuse riding trails with cyclists and hikers, show respect, so they’ll remain willing to share trails with you and your equine friend.