RULES & TRAIL ETIQUETTE
1. No stallions are allowed at camp or on trail
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
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 actions.
10. Follow all Park Rules. You are responsible for
being aware of the rules.
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 all.
12. Close all gates whether they were open when
you arrived or not. Don't presume you have someone behind you to close it
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 rangeland.
14. 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!