08-24-2009, 03:11 PM
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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.