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How can you help keep trails open for eques­trian use? En­sure that your horse’s pres­ence won’t ad­versely im­pact the en­vi­ron­ment or oth­ers’ use of the trail. Fol­low these tips to help keep trails in tip-top shape.

Re­port wet trails. Horse hooves can be hard on wet trails. If you find a slick or muddy area, promptly re­port the is­sue to trail of­fi­cials so it can be re­paired.

Stay the course. Stay on des­ig­nated trails. It’s tempting to me­an­der off the beaten track, but your horse may tread on new veg­e­ta­tion or add to ero­sion in ten­der habi­tats.

Pick up, pack out. Don’t drop trash or leave be­hind any­thing. Pitch in and clean up oth­ers’ trash when it’s safe to dis­mount.

Man­age ma­nure. Be aware that some non-rid­ers as­so­ci­ate horse ma­nure with dog fe­ces and com­plain about “road ap­ples.” If your horse passes ma­nure on the trail, it’s usu­ally fine to just keep go­ing. But if ma­nure is of par­tic­u­lar con­cern, and it’s safe, dis­mount and kick the ma­nure off the trail. Do clean up af­ter your horse at trail­heads and horse­camp­ing sites. (For more about light trail use, visit

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