SRSC Trail Rides
Saturday, August 26, 2017 – Forestville State Park, 10:00 am Laura Kemmis and Dianne Daniels, host. Potluck lunch following ride- Click here for directions
Saturday, September 16, 2017 – Elm Creek Park Reserve, 10:00 am Marc and Krista Harshman, host. Potluck lunch following ride- Click here for directions
Sunday, October 8, 2017 – Sunrise Landing, Wild River State Park, 10:30 am Becky Mathison, host. Potluck lunch following ride -Click here for directions
Horse Trail Passes may be required:
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Scandia Riders Saddle Club Trail Riding Etiquette
Common Sense on the Trail
These trail ride rules and etiquette are for the safety of all horses and riders.
Trail Host and Safety Rider
The Trail Host and the Safety Rider are responsible for the safety of the group.
The Trail Host is in charge of the ride. He/she will decide what trail to follow – and will lead the ride. The Safety Rider will be the last rider of the group. The ride will be geared to the level of the least experienced rider. The Club’s first aid kit will be available for all trail rides. Prior to a ride, the trail host will contact the last trail host to obtain the kit.
Stay behind the Trail Host and in front of the Safety Rider.
If you leave the group, inform the Trail Host or the Safety Rider.
• No dogs on the trail rides.
• No stallions on the trail rides.
• No excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages on trails.
• No littering. Take out what you take in.
• Leave gates as you found them.
• All riders under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian at all times. It is the parent’s or guardian’s responsibility to teach and enforce trail etiquette to the young rider.
• Before heading out for a trail ride, know your horse’s limitations – physically and mentally. Make sure your horse has the temperament and training for riding on trails – and is in good physical condition.
• Horses that kick or are aggressive must have a red ribbon on their tail and maintain a safe distance from other riders.
• Never ride away from the group until all riders are mounted and ready to ride.
• Stay on the trail. Ride single file on a trail -- one behind the other. On wide trails, riders can ride side by side as long as they don't interfere with other users or get off the main trail.
• Don’t crowd or tailgate. Allow enough space between horses. A distance of at least one horse length (about 10 feet) should be maintained between animals on all trails.
• When going uphill, keep at least two lengths between horses. On downhill routes, maintain at least three horse lengths between animals.
• If a rider falls off their horse or dismounts, stop until the rider has remounted. If you have to stop for any reason (tack adjustment, potty break, etc.), please inform other riders so the message can get to the Trail Host and Safety Rider to stop the entire group.
• If a horse becomes “spooked” or unruly, stop and wait until the horse is back under control.
• Notify nearby riders when changing speed.
• If you choose to pass another rider, alert the other rider that you will be passing, pass slower traffic on the left. Pass at a controlled rate so you do not startle their horses.
• Don’t move on from a watering spot until all horses have had a chance to drink.
• Watch out for trail dangers such as low hanging branches, wire or holes in the ground. Warn riders behind you that they are approaching a hazardous situation.
• Park Rules must be followed at all times. Campers are required to clean-up camp after themselves.
• Versatility Award competitors must notify trail host(s) prior to the ride and be in view of trail host(s) during the ride.
After a ride, the horse’s welfare should be your main concern. Take good care of your horse and he will treat you to many more enjoyable rides.