I kind of feel like I am preaching to the choir by posting this note here, but I think it is important to spread the message so that it reaches others. Cecily from Rhode Island mentioned at the ECTRA convention yesterday that she often gets notes left on her truck to clean up after herself - but she is one of the equestrians that always do. However, as a group if we do not talk about the problem and put a little pressure on our fellow equestrians, the problem will only grow worse.
Long story short - Treat other trail users the same way you want to be treated and clean up after your horse the way dog people are supposed to clean up after their dogs.
The Connecticut Horse Council (www.cthorsecouncil.org) has the following note to trail riders posted on their website:
ATTENTION TRAIL RIDERS
It has come to the attention of the CT Horse Council that trail riders are leaving a “bad impression” on other trail users and at trail heads, particularly near beaches, leaving manure and garbage and riding recklessly and endangering other users and the general public.
This could result in the LOSS of riding privileges on some of our nicest trails and beaches.
EVERYONE needs to be aware of the image equestrians project to others and not “leave behind” a sour apple that could impact the “road ahead.”
PLEASE SHARE THE TRAIL
which means being cognizant of all other trail users and the general public by presenting a POSITIVE, RESPONSIBLE image of the equestrian community.
KEEP ALL TRAIL HEADS CLEAR – HAVE A FORK AND BROOM TO CLEAN UP AND BRING IT BACK IN YOUR TRAILER WHEN IN A PARKING LOT. WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND IS SEEN BY OTHERS
Most equestrians are respectful and polite, but the few who are not can ruin it for all riders. CHC appreciates all those who follow the rules and make an effort to be ambassadors for our industry. Please encourage good behavior in your riding companions.
For more information on trail etiquette, please visit the Connecticut
Horse Council website at www.cthorsecouncil.org