Designing and Maintaining Sustainable Trails for the Recreational Horse Riders

Horse riding can bring a lot of joy to your life. It’s a great sport and it’s fun. The experience becomes much better when you get a beautiful trail to ride your horses. The public trails are often used for recreational horse rides. However, there have been some objections regarding it as some people found it quite disturbing. There are organizations that are working towards preserving the public trails and educating the horse riders about using the public trails.

When a trail is designed in a way to preserve the nature, it gives the horse riders the opportunity to explore the lovely landscape. A good trail won’t cause any harm to the environment and when a rider passes through the trail, he or she won’t leave any trace of their passing.

 

Designing  Sustainable Trail

A sustainable trail will give the riders to ride through beautiful landscape without harming the environment. There won’t be any erosion of the land. When designing sustainable trails you must make sure that it meets the expectations and needs of the user and it protects the environment. A sustainable trail will require minimum maintenance. These trails won’t have wet areas, critical habitats, and steep slopes.

It is found that water is the main cause of erosion. So, the key to designing a sustainable trail is to keep the water away. The trail shouldn’t be too steep; it should go with the land’s contour. This way there will be less erosion. If a trail is built on a low elevation area, there is a chance of water getting accumulated due to rain. In order to avoid the damp ground, the surface of the trail must be raised. Repairing trails that have been damaged due to erosion is expensive. So, you should try to minimize erosion on the trails.

 

Trail Maintenance

You need to maintain the trails regularly. You should trim the branches at least once every season. If the tree branches become too big, it will block the trail and may hurt the horse riders. You should remove any obstacles, like fallen trees, from the trails so that the riders can ride without any problem. In order to get rid of any water on the trial, you should carve a shallow and wide drain. You can use a rolling grade dip also (RGD).

 

Proper Use of the Trail

The riders are also responsible for keeping the trails in good condition. They should avoid riding when the trail is wet or too muddy. If you ride in this condition, it will result in erosion. The riders must help in maintaining the trails in the proper condition.

A trail is economically sustainable when it requires minimum maintenance cost. We should build more sustainable trails in order to conserve the nature and give the horse riders a better riding experience.

Elbe Hills Trails and Preservation of Riding Trails

Elbe Hills in Pierce County is one of the most beautiful natural areas in Washington. It wasn’t like this some years ago. Elbe Hills together with the Tahoma State Forest was almost left barren after extensive deforestation by the timber industry. These areas have been nursed back to health and abundance. This makes Elbe Hills a great example of trail preservation.

Elbe Hills is a national treasure and is protected by several preservation laws. The trails that run through this area are allocated to different types of recreational activities. There are 4×4 trails, equestrian trails, hiking trails, and biking trails. There are even camping spots.

Trail preservation is important because it allows horse riders and their horses the freedom to be in nature and experience its beauty while bonding. Elbe Hills is a place where this can happen. It is one of the few trails that are still open to horse riders and that is why we love it.

Horse trail restoration and preservation is a long road. This is why it is important to make sure that you and your horse respect the trail and the other people and animals that you come across. A horse is a big animal and its hooves can cause a lot of damage with little effort. It is important that you as the rider realize this and take measures to counter any damage. By respecting nature and understanding your horse and his effect on his surroundings, you can be a wiser and more nature-conscious rider. You will be able to prevent your horse from causing erosion or trampling plants. You will also know how to reduce the chances of him spreading weeds to other areas.

Elbe Hills, like most other natural public trails, have rules for riding. You must be alert and aware of hikers and other people sharing the trail with you. You should avoid running with your horse as it will scare people and cause ground damage. You should pass hikers calmly or let them pass you. A horse can be intimidating to people who don’t know or understand them. So, be careful and considerate to your fellow trail users.

Elbe Hills is like a fairy tale of the ugly duckling turning into a swan. Today, it is one of the most beautiful and well-protected forests. It offers many recreational activities including horse riding. If you ever want a great horse riding experience, you must go to Elbe Hills. Both you and your horse will love the experience and find yourselves in awe of the natural beauty that has been restored.

Elbe Hills is now one of the few and very beautiful forests with trails we have. It is important that every horse rider, hiker, biker and other trail users take it upon them to preserve this trail and prevent it from becoming barren again.