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Hi everyone, I have been trail riding for about 5 years now and I love every hour spent on the trails. However the one thing that is bothering me the most is the amount of beer cans that I see on the trails. In one 5 hour ride, I have counted over 30 beer cans out on the trails. It doesn't bother me that people drink on the trails. I just turned 21 a few months ago and I enjoy a good beer too, but if you take a beer out on the trails, please throw it away when you get back to the campground not out on the trails. These parks and campground owners put a lot of work into these trails and it upsets me seeing all the beer cans littering the forest floor. My friends and I have even made the joke that if we ever get lost on a trail the only way we know we are still on a horse trail is if we see beer cans. To me that is sad. I don't mean to offend anyone but this is something that has been bothering me ever since I started trail riding and is something that I think needs to be brought to attention. All I am asking is if you do drink while riding out on the trails, please put the empty container in a saddlebag and carry it back to the campground or throw away the empty container in a trash can that may be provided out on the trails. Again I apologize if I offended anyone, but this is something I just needed to get off my chest.
 

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I appreciate your rant. We ride in some of gods most beautiful places and why anyone would be so disrespectful of such places is a mystery to me.
 

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I can never understand why people want to trash up nature. I see beer cans, food containers, and all sorts of trash out there. We need to start a national campaign to train people to be clean like we had back in the '70's. "Please, please don't be a litter bug, cause every litter bit hurts."
 

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Its horrible out here in New Mexico. I live right next to 100's of miles of BLM land. Not park land but still very wild and lovely. Its not a little trash I see. Its a landfill!!! I call and report.when I see anyone driviving out itto the wilderness with trucks full of garbage but never see any police. We do have a pretty strict regulations
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6 or 7 years ago, before the spring grasses started growing I cleaned up 2km of back road from the highway to my driveway. The little cart behind the quad was full to almost overflowing, as were two large baskets and a garbage bag. A lot of it had been barely visible yet I knew it was clean. Last year a young fellow and I did a repeat run and picked up just as much. This time most of it was beer cans from the new neighbors buddies, all the same brand.
 

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6 or 7 years ago, before the spring grasses started growing I cleaned up 2km of back road from the highway to my driveway. The little cart behind the quad was full to almost overflowing, as were two large baskets and a garbage bag. A lot of it had been barely visible yet I knew it was clean. Last year a young fellow and I did a repeat run and picked up just as much. This time most of it was beer cans from the new neighbors buddies, all the same brand.
I appreciate you going out there and picking up the litter. Its acts like that that can make all the difference. I wish there were more people out there willing to take their time to clean up the litter out there.
 

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I lived next to some state land. Had to drive through about a half mile of it to get to my place. I got so sick of seeing all the trash out there, that when I ordered a dumpster for my use I had the company set it at the entrance to the state land.

It helped. At first, I got a call from somebody with the State saying I couldn't have it on public land. But I asked them to give it two weeks and I'd send photos of what got dumped in there. Mostly pop and beer cans. We don't have fast food for 40 miles. A bunch of plastic grocery type bags with snack food stuff in them. The state let it stay.

I don't get the laziness and lack of consideration of some folks.
 

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I live along a highway, my fence line stays littered with bottles. There are trails in my area that are closed now to all horse riders because of the littering.. SOme big fun party rides also canceled over it.
 

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I hate to see litter on the trails. Good grief, pack it in - pack it out. We eat and drink on the trail all the time...but I don't throw the packages/bottles down.

There is a lot of litter in the back of Tyrrell Park that was blown in by hurricane's. Wish it would all just disappear!
 

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Actually, here in Oregon I see very little trash along the trails. Not because we have fewer people tossing their trash, we just have more people willing to stop and pick it up. Now, when I lived in NM...it was pretty **** trashy.
 

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My daughter and I ride on a couple of hundred acres of her and her neighbor's land. NO ONE has permission to be on that land except us and a neighbor who no longer goes out. You'd be surprised how much trash - beer cans, KFC boxes, garbage bags, etc, that we find on land where people shouldn't even be - it's maddening. No one cares if somone wants to come on the land to picnic, but at LEAST they could clean up their own messes!!!! And of course, I'm always worried that our dogs will come across a trespasser and either get shot or accused of biting and we'll get sued, or we'll get shot by poachers during hunting season,,,,,,,,, I guess I had to rant, too!
 

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My daughter and I ride on a couple of hundred acres of her and her neighbor's land. NO ONE has permission to be on that land except us and a neighbor who no longer goes out. You'd be surprised how much trash - beer cans, KFC boxes, garbage bags, etc, that we find on land where people shouldn't even be - it's maddening. No one cares if somone wants to come on the land to picnic, but at LEAST they could clean up their own messes!!!! And of course, I'm always worried that our dogs will come across a trespasser and either get shot or accused of biting and we'll get sued, or we'll get shot by poachers during hunting season,,,,,,,,, I guess I had to rant, too!
Rant all you want!! I think it's about time something like littering on the trails gets brought into the light. 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.
 

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Trashy people do trashy things.

Saw this on beaches too at Gulf.

Just amazes me how people act.
 

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I get so tired of the F*** You attitude. Custom Canines, Post No Trespassing Signs. That covers hunting. They can't hunt without trespassing. It also looks after no shooting. No point in shooting something if you're not allowed to fetch it.
 

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I've seen it with Trail Vehicles as well. I ride with a lot of guys who build rigs for rock climbing up really rough terrain and our group always stay behind to ride the trails last to do a clean up run after a weekend of wheeling. The last fund raiser ride we did for the Wounded Warrior program there were 25 of us who got stayed Sunday after the last riders left and we gathered up 12 bags of trash over 300 acres of trails. We gathered 15 bags of trash around the campsite that is on 15 acres.

The few horse trails that I've been on around here stay pretty clean from what I have seen. I could see keeping one of those reach it gadgets folded up on the saddle to help pick up trash along the trails without having to dismount so often.
 
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