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post #21 of 49 Old 04-09-2013, 12:05 PM
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If these trails are local you might want to team up with your friends and organize a clean-up, put-"No Littering"-Signs-up. party. It is excellent for your horse to go out on the trails with a job to do, where he has to wait while you dismount. Also, he can get used to hearing cans rattling, though I'd train to that at home, first.
You can pick up a few cents recycling them bc they're 100% aluminum, to make it worth your trouble.
I would make waterproof signs and tie them to the trees with baling twine. Then, you can put THAT on the thread, too. =b
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post #22 of 49 Old 04-09-2013, 01:02 PM
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Lack of respect! For others, the land, themselves. It seems to be a major issue these days.

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A very nice dream indeed dustbunny I happen to share it with you. I am also tired of all the litter on trails I ride down to the river about a mile away from my barn and the trails and river are always littered with MacDonald's trash, beer cans, and liquor bottles its a horrible site to see because its a very pretty area to ride.
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While cans, paper and plastic is unsightly and unpleasant it's the glass that chafes my backside. I spend more time riding along roads than on trails and broken glass is my second greatest concern (behind some drunk or someone playing with their cell). Knock on wood I've managed to always avoid it for 40 years so far, but I shouldn't have to worry about it. I've even found bottles in my front pasture, which has hwy frontage, at times.

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Darrin mentioned that we don't see a lot of litter on the trails here. True...and I am so thankful. But you sure see it along the roadways. So far trail users seem to be interested in keeping their favorites clean.
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The one thing that is really upsetting me is that all the litter that I see on the trails is from trail riders, not hikers or bicyclists, but trail riders and to me that makes all of us other trail riders look bad.
Why do you think that? I hike & bike on a lot of trails & dirt roads where pretty much no one rides horses, and see lots of litter. Indeed, I see most of the litter on the roads and trails that are open to vehicles, virtually none where only foot & horse (and sometimes bike) traffic is allowed.

I also seldom come back from hiking or biking these places without having picked up a few cans & bottles to put in my recycling.
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While cans, paper and plastic is unsightly and unpleasant it's the glass that chafes my backside. I spend more time riding along roads than on trails and broken glass is my second greatest concern (behind some drunk or someone playing with their cell). Knock on wood I've managed to always avoid it for 40 years so far, but I shouldn't have to worry about it. I've even found bottles in my front pasture, which has hwy frontage, at times.
This. My post was going to be:

Silver Lining ... they aren't bottles.

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Why do you think that? I hike & bike on a lot of trails & dirt roads where pretty much no one rides horses, and see lots of litter. Indeed, I see most of the litter on the roads and trails that are open to vehicles, virtually none where only foot & horse (and sometimes bike) traffic is allowed.

I also seldom come back from hiking or biking these places without having picked up a few cans & bottles to put in my recycling.
The places where I ride only allow horses on the trails and that's where I see most of the litter, especially when I ride to these beautiful caves where people can camp in for the night and I see beer cans and garbage all around. There have even been instances where I have seen beer cans placed on tree branches.
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Saddlebag- We DO have "No trespassing, no hunting" signs posted - but no way on earth to patrol and enforce. It's a shame we have to post - no one minds well behaved visitors who just want to do a little hiking or fishing - it's the lack of respect for other people, other people's property, and the land that galls me. Also, people that ignore the signs and dumps their trash are the type to sue if they happen to get hurt.
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The litter bothers me, too. It's always surprised me that people go out into nature (whether hiking, horseback riding, cycling, etc) and just TRASH it. Cans and bottles and wrappers all over.

I mean, seriously, where do they think it GOES? Do they think it's just going to disappear once it's on the ground?

Cigarette butts annoy me, too. Not even going to pretend to apologize to smokers about this one - it's your habit, you can keep doing it if you want - but figure out some way to dispose of the butts besides just dropping them. I don't care if you have to carry an extra empty water bottle with you to drop the butts in. Just pack it out. It's garbage.

A little off topic, but vandalism (of manmade and natural landmarks) makes me bristle. People scrawling their initials or names into rocks or trees, or stealing park signs, or just knocking them down. I don't care who you "love." I don't care what day you visited the park. Sign a freakin' guest book at the lodge or something, don't carve it into a tree trunk or paint it on a boulder.

One of the parks here in southwestern Ohio had new trail markers put up just a few years ago - little colored plastic circles just to help identify the trails. . .and some idiots tore them off and threw them on the ground.

The circles were at "horse height" so I'm fairly certain they were torn down by riders. A hiker probably wouldn't even have been able to reach them easily. It just makes no sense to me. The state of Ohio is already pretty skimpy when it comes to supporting horses in the parks. Depending on who you talk to, some park managers would be just as happy to ban horses altogether, it seems.

And when you see how much some people "appreciate" the trails, by leaving their garbage all over, it's no wonder.
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