Originally Posted by Darrin
I've ridden with pack horses over trails that were less than a foot wide, crumbling edges and steep drops with no stumps to slow you down. All a matter of perspective and experience. Basically, let me decide when a trail gets to be to much instead of trying to nanny me.
You may be able to handle it, but I guarantee that 90% of the people who just think "Oh hey, this will be cool, we'll play pioneer for a few days" will end up getting hurt.. There is enough to have to worry about on the AT already with stupid people, much less stupid people who have no business there on a horse. The game wardens and park service members have enough to deal with besides having to baby sit irresponsible horse owners.. There are designated areas for people to go to ride, if you think you can handle more, take it to someone who can give you permission to ride the harder parts of the trail. My family camp and hike the AT almost every summer throughout north GA, TN, and NC.. There are people there that don't have much business on a bicycle, much less a horse.
If anything, it's a smart safety precaution for those people who don't know any better.