Share the Trail

Trail Rider - - SADDLEBAG SAVVY -

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.

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