ATTENTION ALL TRAIL RIDERS:
Attached is a General Press Release from the Department of Environmental Protection reminding all users of the trail rules. Unfortunately, because there have been reports to DEP recently on some incidents regarding horseback riders, this release is very timely. CHC has been asked to assist in getting information out to all equestrians. Please take the time to read this and remember to respect the trails and other people using trails.
CHC works very hard to keep equestrian access on multi-purpose trails and to promote trail etiquette. When incidents of bad behavior occur – it jeopardizes every equestrian’s opportunity to ride on public lands.
One serious report to CHC recently came from a 65 year old woman who was walking with a large group of people at Bluff Point in April. Two men with cowboy hats were racing their horses up a hill on a trail and had no sight lines. The group of people had to move quickly off the trail and the woman fell backwards over a stone wall and was bruised. The rider’s horses spooked and the riders continued on without stopping to assist or apologize for their bad behavior. It was also reported by our CHC-Volunteer Horse Patrol Coordinator on that particular day that he had to ask several riders to get off the sand dunes more than once. It was also reported that people were seen galloping their horses in and out of the water near the picnic tables.
This should not have to be said – but apparently this behavior needs to be addressed.
KEEP YOUR HORSES OUT OF THE RIVER, OFF THE DUNES AND BE COURTEOUS ON THE BEACH. THERE SHOULD BE NO RUNNING OR GALLOPING ON TRAILS OR BEACHES AND IN AREAS WHERE THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE AND ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE NO SIGHT LINES!
KEEP ALL TRAIL HEADS CLEAR – HAVE A FORK AND BROOM TO CLEAN UP AND BRING IT BACK IN YOUR TRAILER WHEN IN A PARKING LOT.
WHAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND IS SEEN BY OTHERS.
Most equestrians are respectful and polite, but the few who are not can ruin it for all riders. CHC appreciates all those who follow the rules and make an effort to be ambassadors for our industry. Please encourage good behavior in your riding companions.
For more information on trail etiquette, please visit the Connecticut Horse Council website at www.cthorsecouncil.org .
Below is a Press Release from the Department of Environmental Protection
CT Horse Council Trails Chairperson
P R E S S R E L E A S E
Connecticut DEP Recreational Trail Use Information
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to remind trail users of rules and trail etiquette now that warmer weather is here and many people will be spending time outdoors in Connecticut’s state parks and forests. To make your outdoor experience as safe and enjoyable as possible, the DEP recommends following the tips below to ensure your experience will be a positive one.
State park and forest recreation areas operation hours - daily between sunrise and sunset.
What you can and cannot do on the trails:
Essential for Safe Trail Use:
Cyndy Chanaca, Office of Communications
CT DEP - 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106