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How Equestrians Can Conserve

Horseback riders on trail

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 conditions.
  • 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 No Trace.