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post #1 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Leave only Hoof-prints?

Do you clean up the manure along a trail you are riding? I never do but wondered if this is maybe bad trail riding etiquette?
We rarely ride on "shared" trails. Its almost always on equestrian use or just cow pastures
Maybe its a good polite thing that we kick our horses manure off the trail if others on foot are sharing it. What do you think?

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post #2 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 08:00 PM
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No, I dont. Because we have alot of people around where I live and we all ride horses on the same trails and it dont bug us.
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post #3 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 08:05 PM
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If it were an actual "trail"/path - and especially one frequented by foot/bike/etc traffic, I would at least move the poo off the pathway. Most of the trail riding in my life, though, has been making our own path through the woods, fields, etc.
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post #4 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 08:06 PM
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I don't either, although poop on the trail is a HUGE issue with hikers and mountain bikers. When ever I give a talk on trail etiquette to mutli user groups the poop thing always comes up.

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post #5 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 08:37 PM
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LMAO--Sorry! Picturing mountain/ trail bike rider, flying through air, landing face first is large pile of pooh!!!

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post #6 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 08:43 PM
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I always just think horse poo is much better than dog poo or pretty much any sort of poo. A family friend was saying some horses had been by and pooped on "her" road, I asked her if it dried out and "disappeared" and she answered "come to think of it...it did! It dried out and there was just like a bit of dried grass!"
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post #7 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 08:53 PM
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The city recently paved an old railroad right a way. For years we have ridden it and not worried about road apples left on the old gravel. now that's paved and in use by lots more bikers, roller bladers, walkers, mom's pushing strollers etc, I do get off the horse and kick the manure off to the side.

Dirt trails up in the mountain. Even ones frequented by mountain bikers, I don't worry about it. The road apples dry out pretty quickly around here ( Utah is a dry state) and turn into decomposed grass on the trail. I like to think that it helps keep the trails from washing away. But I know the mountain bikers grumble about their tires flipping it up in their faces ( most mountain bikes don't have fenders) But I just rarely every see gooey or juicy road apples. They dry out so fast. And unlike dog crap, Horse manure doesn't not contain pathogens. Thats why Horse and Cow manure is frequently used to fertilize fields and humana nd dog feces are not.

And as most horse owners know. Horse manure doesn't stick to the bottom of your shoe. Unlike dog crap, where I want to throw my shoe away when I step in a pile.
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post #8 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 10:28 PM
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My horse is 16.2 If I got off to clean up his poop, I'd have to find a fallen tree or something to get back on, so no I don't clean it up. If I know he's pooping, I leg yeild him off to the side so it's not dead center in the path.
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post #9 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 10:39 PM
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Nope, I don't clean up their poop. Even when riding through town. I just make sure that they don't poop on anyones driveway or on a sidewalk anywhere and everything's cool. But then again, only 4 road in my whole hometown are paved. The rest are dirt so horse poo is not really an issue.
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post #10 of 50 Old 11-09-2009, 11:23 PM
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Naw...never really have had to worry about it, as I've always ridden in not so populated areas. Trails and dirt roads are what I grew up on, so there was never a concern.

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