While riding on
the trails, I sometimes run into riders with dogs. When I ask the rider
not to trail ride with their dog, I start to feel like I should be
wearing a sign that says "dog hater." It's not true; I love dogs! So, I
thought I would try to explain why dogs shouldn't be on the trails. Most
of the time they are either right in front of the riders or right behind,
but other times the dogs are running through the woods out of sight of
The out of sight dogs can be a big problem. They wander
off the trail and onto the "no rider, no dog" part of a landowners
property. The dogs can't read signs and landowners don't want them there-
In the recent past, I have gotten complaints from landowners about
dogs coming off the trail and starting trouble with their dogs, and dogs
running into paddocks to chase horses. Dogs don't realize that horses
don't need to be rounded up in the field or that they don't want to play
with them. And horse people don't want dogs running their horses around.
It is dangerous for the dog and the horse.
Another problem is with
timid riders or horses new to the trails. Very often the loose dog will
come running out of nowhere to playful- ly attack the horse on the trail.
Horses don't always realize they are just playing until it is too late,
and the horse already spooked. So please, no dogs on the trails. We love
our landowners and want to keep them happy and we want to keep horses
happy on the trails.