RULES & TRAIL ETIQUETTE
1. No stallions are allowed at camp or on trail rides.
2. All horses are capable of kicking when pressured by another
horse. Keep your distance to avoid problems. If your horse is a known kicker,
please tie a RED ribbon on
the tail as a warning to other riders.
3. When riding single file on a narrow trail, please do not stop
your horse for water. This causes a hold up to everyone behind you, move off to
the side of the trail or wait for a larger area to water your horse.
4. If in a group ride, do not lag behind by a large distance, this
makes it difficult for the lead rider to keep track of riders and possibly
cause you to loose the group by taking a wrong trail direction.
5. If you need to catch up with the group do not run or trot up
behind another horse, allow yourself plenty of stopping area as not to
"spook" the horses in front.
6. If you want to get ahead or around another rider, verbally tell
them of the action you want to take.
7. If you must smoke while on the trail, use common sense as to
where you are, the fire conditions at that time and extinguish your smoke and
take it out with you. Never toss a cigarette, whether you think it is
out or not.
8. Please stay on designated trails. Making your own trail or taking
a short cut is strictly enforced because of erosion problems it can cause.
9. For the safety of your riding partners please keep a single file
in hazardous areas. You and your horse may be capable of handling a situation,
but by charging through, you can cause another rider an accident by your
10. Follow all Park Rules. You are responsible for being aware of the
11. Do not dispose of any trash or containers on the trail. If you
brought it in you can pack it out. Bushes are not "waste cans" and no
one likes to see someone else's trash as part of the scenery. Please pick up
someone else's trash when you can and make our riding areas more pleasant for
12. Close all gates whether they were open when you arrived or not.
Don't presume you have someone behind you to close the gate later.
13. Do not chase cattle or other natural habitat animals. Scattering
cows, etc., upset the animals and can cause loss of privileges to ride on
14. Please be aware there are animal traps set directly off the trails
in Tragedy Canyon in the Noble Mine area to Mt. Laguna, and the Descanso Riding
and Hiking Trail. These traps are legal if stamped or tagged. Their size may
not endanger a horse, but could cause a dangerous situation if caught in one.
Be alert when off your horse.
15. Watch out for snakes at all times! There are many volunteers
trained (Mounted Assistance Unit) in advanced first aid who carry snake
antiserum and first aid kits in their saddle bags that can assist you or your
horse should the need arise.
16. Have a safe and happy day with your horse, fellow equestrians and
the great outdoors!