A mounted equestrian on a wild landscape is a
quintessential American image. To preserve this singular experience
for horse and rider and the habitats they pass through, trot down
to the links below. Equestrians will discover that treading lightly
on trails takes into consideration everything from erosion
prevention to lake and stream protection.
Because of their relatively large weight and small
area in contact with the ground, horses have a relatively high
potential for doing environmental damage.
Stay on equestrian approved roads and trails.
Do not travel faster than a walk in wet
Leave gates as you find them.
Carry out what you pack in.
Use yards, paddocks and hitching rails where
provided. Do not tie horses to trees. It can damage the bark.
Check gear and horses before and after every ride
to avoid spreading invasive species.
Do not clean out your trailer in the parking area.
Look for a manure dump area.
Make sure your horse has the temperament and
training for riding on congested public trails. Remove your horse
from the trail if you begin experiencing behavior problems.
Be courteous to other trail users.
To learn how to get the most out of your next hike
with the least impact to the landscape and the wildlife that live
there, visit the following web sites; Tread
Lightly and Leave