EQUUS - - Eiv Equine Influenza Virus -

Good trail eti­quette is pos­si­ble only if your horse is pre­pared for the trail and what you might en­counter there. If he is ter­ri­fied of mo­tor­ized ve­hi­cles, stick to trails that ex­clude them un­til you safely de­sen­si­tize him to the sights and sounds as­so­ci­ated with dirt bikes and the like. If he is OK with hik­ers in gen­eral but sees walk­ing sticks, back­packs and chil­dren as men­ac­ing, then he’s not ready for pub­lic trails---and you need to work out these is­sues at home be­fore­hand.

Of course, you can’t an­tic­i­pate ev­ery chal­lenge. There are times when my nor­mally sen­si­ble horse gets spooked by a group of ram­bunc­tious kids run­ning on the trail or a bi­cy­clist who sud­denly ap­pears on the hori­zon mov­ing like a moun­tain lion. Even then, as I’m tak­ing up the reins and hun­ker­ing down in the sad­dle, I try to re­mem­ber that kids have a right to run and cy­clists have a right to go at rea­son­able speeds. I can’t con­trol what any­one else is do­ing on the trail, but I can con­trol, to the ex­tent that any equestrian can, my horse.

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