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We share trails with many other users – equestrians and non-equestrians – and, of course, if we want them to respect us, we need to respect them.

Let’s all follow these guidelines to ensure that everyone has a good experience in our beautiful Vermont landscape:

  • Make sure you have permission to ride on the land, whether it is private or public, and be familiar with any restrictions.

  • If your horse is showing any signs of illness such as a runny nose, fever, or cough, keep them at home.

  • Greet other trail users in a friendly manner.

  • Keep in mind that some trail users do not know how to interact with horses and riders. Speak to them in a calm voice, telling them what you would like them to do for everyone’s safety.

  • If you pass through a gate, leave it exactly as you found it – open or closed.

  • Be aware of your impact on the terrain and take steps to minimize it. Do not ride on wet trails during mud season.

  • In fragile terrain, stay on the path to avoid damaging vulnerable plant life.

  • When on a heavily-used path shared with bicycles and walkers, such as a rail trail, dismount and kick manure off the trail.

  • On wilderness trails, keep your horse moving when s/he drops manure so there is not a big pile. It will decompose quicker if spread out.

  • Remove all manure from parking areas.

  • If you tie your horse to a tree on a rest stop, use a tie that will not damage the tree.

  • Carry-in, carry-out.

  • If you encounter another group of riders, stop and move well off the trail to let them pass.

  • Do not trot or canter up close behind another group of riders. If you wish to pass, call out to them for permission.

  • Keep your dog 100% under control, or do not take them on a trail ride.

  • When riding in farm fields, stay on the edge.