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Trail Etiquette for Equestrians*
- Make sure your horse has the temperament and training for riding on
congested public trails. Busy multi-use trails are not the proper place for
schooling green horses.
- Advise other trail users of your horse's temperament, e.g. a horse with
a tendency to kick should always wear a red ribbon in the tail or a stallion
should wear a yellow ribbon. Assume that not everyone will know what these
ribbons mean, so be prepared to explain or take the necessary precautions to
- Obey posted speed/gait limits, and use common sense in crowded areas
(cantering/galloping on crowded trails endangers everyone).
- Move to the right to allow faster trail users to pass.
- Announce your intention to pass other trail users, and reduce speed in
order to pass safely. Pass on the left only.
- Remove your horse from the trail if you begin experiencing behavior
- Stay on Equestrian approved trails.
- As a courtesy to others in your group, use appropriate hand signals for
turning, slowing, etc., and give verbal warnings for dangers on the trail
(e.g. holes, low branches).
- Remember that other trail users may not be familiar with horses or their
reactions to new experiences. Your horse may be another trail users
introduction to horses and what you do is a reflection of the local horse
community. Cheerfully answer questions about your hore. You are an
ambassador for the entire equestrian community.
- If you trailer to a location, do not clean out your trailer in the
- On multiple use trails, step off the trail (if possible) if your horse
needs to relieve himself, or kick the droppings off the trail.
*From 'Trail Etiquette & Safetey Guidelines' by MD Horse Council