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    08-18-2009, 08:34 PM
Great post LeahKathleen.
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    08-19-2009, 10:31 AM

Thank you for bringing up the point. I've seen, and been, on both sides of this argument as a mnt biker AND a horse rider.

As you allude to there is a finite amount of trails and we ALL have to play nice and play together to maintain our access to them. I've personally seen trail systems closed to ALL uses because of user conflict. It's the easiest "fix" for park administrators.

Again, thank you for reaching out!
    08-19-2009, 11:59 AM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Great post LeahKathleen.

Thanks. :]
    08-19-2009, 12:08 PM
That Jayem guy has a lot of hate in his heart.
    08-19-2009, 04:44 PM
I keep reading and reading on that forum how "equestrians have such a sense of entitlement."

Boy, they are hypocrites. THEY seem to have just as much "entitlement" attitude.
    08-19-2009, 07:43 PM
I find it funny too how many think all equestrians are loaded. Most (not all) trail riders are making sacrifices in their lives in order to have horses. They certainly don't have cash to "wave around" to get their way
    08-19-2009, 09:13 PM
Green Broke
Dont most laws regarding horses say that if you are in a designated horse area and get hurt by a horse then you are responsible? C'mon you are human you have the higher thinking power. You know that a horse is uncontrolable at times. Don't do anything to make that time when your near it. It's everybodys responsibility to make it safe. Don't do anything you know will scare a horse. Or even if you think it might spook them then don't do it. Don't like the horse then get off the trail.
    08-24-2009, 03:11 PM
Green Broke
Any chance you mountain bikers want to come to Manitoba? I'll gladly trade in if it means getting ride of the quads and snowmobiles!

I have no issue with bikers. After dealing with the ignorant quads and snowmobilers who do their best to make our lives a living hell, my horse would nuzzle a mountain biker in relief. Nothing scary about a quiet moving object when you've been chased by roaring motors for miles!

Personally though, I've always stuck to horse trails. I avoid multi-use trails because I HAVE specific horse trails to stay on. I can definitely understand how frustrating it is with the damage horses do. And personally, I just prefer avoiding situations where my horse may be in danger, either from ignorant hikers or possible bicyclists.

I also agree with the bikers - no, you can't stop a horse from spooking if they come flying around a corner, but a spook is a FLINCH. If your horse goes bat**** crazy and throws a fit, GET IT OFF THE TRAIL. As a horseback rider, I am just as annoyed by half-trained animals ridden by amateurs on the trail. They're a danger to not only other people, but other horseback riders as well.

As for the poop, if you're on a multi-use trail, I definitely think you should clean it up. Getting off and kicking it to the side of the trail isn't half the inconvenience it is for bikers and hikers trying to tromp through it. Again, the reason why I use HORSE trails. Manure helps fertilize the ground, and horseback riders aren't bothered by poop.

So I can definitely see both sides of this arguement and why people get so heated. There is ignorance and stupidity on both sides, and unfortunately it's fuelling the stereotype for both sides. If everyone could just put it in their head to be courteous, a resolution could be reached (as we've heard from many different areas who manage to co-exist harmoniously). But until people decide to take that route, tension will always exist.
    08-27-2009, 12:29 PM
We have trails here that have just recently been open to the Mt bikers and to me it was a mistake. There are tones of bike trails in the same area but they are now letting them on the horse side to. I don't mind them zipping by or even them on one side of the trail and me on another. BUT what I do mind as mentioned before is them flying around blind corners. We always walk around them after we say loudly " horses coming around" My horse nugget is one of those horses that wont spook or move around if there is something in our way he will find a way through it the last time we were out we met with some "extreem" Mt bikers. The out come of the one guy flying around the corner and into MY horse was not the most pleasing. Nug only had a few scratches but the biker acused me of being reckless.......

I like the moto you stay out of my way I stay out of yours and we can meet in the middle to help maintain the trails
    08-27-2009, 01:23 PM
Wow! Painted Horse, those are beautiful pictures. Makes me want to get out and ride.

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