Hello all, if you have not already guessed from my "tag" I am of the species know as the "mountain biker". I understand our paths (hehe paths get it) have crossed before both verbally and physically, and for the majority they are anything but pleasant.
For a little background I come from a horse back riding family (mother showed, and is now doing what I call the "prancy thing"(excuse my ignorance)) I grew up around them and thus know their likes and dislikes (not just in terms of carrots) I understand that whilst on the trail we must BOTH be cautious, as we BOTH have a right to enjoy the wonderous trails provided.
My reason for "crossing the aisle" to the horse forum from my own mountain biking forum, is to attempt to obtain some form of reconciliation. I'm sure you have had many instances when bikers have come ripping past you and your horses and startled them. Many times this is simply summed up to the fact that we are reckless and have no regaurds for any others..
Firstly, the above stated is (unfortunately) apparent too often. However we here in the mountain biking community are sometimes not the most intelligent or "knowledgable" beings. Simply put, a large quantity of mountain bikers don't know how to act around horses, this paired along side poor judgement and our childish excitement of going fast on two wheels, is usually why we come across this way.
I come before you all today to show you the hate, and arguably the "hole" we are digging ourselves into, with battling for the most optimal line in the trail. The following is a forum post of one of your own (and I say that in the best possible meaning) jumping to our side of the pond.. Be forewarned however of the above stated ignorance, as it is present in the highest degree.
Horses and Bikes - good, bad and deadly - Mtbr.com Forums
Now, I am truly glad the OP Saddllp chose to post this as I think it has given us an open window of which fresh air can flow to a subject matter that has been "shut in" for far too long. There are posts in the above link that are harsh, knowledgeable, hard headed and insightful. But what I ask is to take a look upon it with an "un-biased" eye, in that you are not using past experience to sway your overall position one way or another.
Do we both need to work on things (us probably more than you) Yes, but the only and absolute best way is through co-operation. Yelling and shouting with biased minds will get us no where, it is on the trails especially that we must connect with each other on the human elementl, and not the seperate ones we so often rise from. So if this can be summed up in one word, the obvious answer would be respect, respect yourself, respect each other, and respect nature, and this goes for BOTH of us not just you guys... but keep in mind of the hard headedness thing with us (thats where we probably need some (respectful and nice) talking too over the general nature of your trail riding companions..
Happy trails leads to a happy life.