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.

What to Pack When You Go on a Horse Trail Ride

Recreational horse riding is one of the most amazing experiences you will ever have. If you are a horse rider you understand the thrill and joy it brings you to ride with your horse in open spaces and through forests. If you are a new rider there are some things that you need to learn. PCCBCHW offers events where we educate new riders on etiquette and how to be safe on the horse trails. In today’s feature, we want to give you some guidance on what to pack when you go on a trail ride.

It is good to have a list of things you need so you can tick it off as you pack it. This is the best way to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Always remember the following:

Studs – To help your horse have traction and so he doesn’t slip.

Boots – If your horse is wearing studs, he must have boots. For your horse’s own safety, make sure to never put studs on without boots.

Protective gear – Make sure to pack your horse’s protective gear to keep him safe and to avoid rashes and such things.

Riding gear – The saddle, saddle pad, half pad, and girth is next on my list. These are obviously quite important and some of the bigger things you must take.

Once your horse has all his gear, it is important to remember yours.

Boots and spurs – It is important to have your protective foot gear. Also, make sure that you have thick enough socks as you will be in the boots for a while.

Safety gear – Remember all your own safety gear like protective vests and obviously your helmet. Always keep the weather in mind.

It is also very important to carry some basic essentials like a small first-aid kit that has the basics for both human and horse ailments. One of the most important things you must always have on a trail ride is water. Chances are that there will be water along the way for your horse, but always pack enough for you and your horse. A dehydrated horse is not something you want on a long trail ride.