Courtesy to Your Fellow Riders
• Be saddled and ready to ride at the appointed time.
• Dogs are not appropriate on club rides. Not all horses are accustomed to dogs.
• Maintain a horse-length between you and the next horse. Don't tailgate!
• Tie a red ribbon on your horse's tail if it has a tendency to kick.
• Tie a green ribbon on your horse's tail if it is green broke.
• Stay with the group and the trail plan. If you intend to leave the group, inform the ride leader.
• Don't trot or run past others. If you must pass, tell the person which side you are passing on and do it slowly and carefully. If someone is passing you, face your horses head toward the passing horse.
• When allowing horses to drink, wait until all are finished before proceeding.
• If someone has trouble, be considerate. If you have trouble, call ahead for others to wait. Impatient horses can be dangerous if left behind.
• Be friendly and courteous to other trail users and support multiple use of trails.
• Safety helmets are recommended, especially for children.
• Make sure all equipment (saddle, bridle, breast collar, crupper, etc.) is in good repair and fits properly.
• Carry the following:
-Hoof pick and pocket knife
-First aid kit and insect repellent (for horse and rider)
-Halter and lead rope
-Compass and whistle
• Be prepared for all weather conditions: warm coat, slicker, hat, gloves, etc.
Today's education can help to maintain the back country for future generations.
Back Country Horsemen of BC
Provincial Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 4006, Yarrow Station Main
Chilliwack, B.C. V2R 5H8
Courtesy to Other Users of the Trail
- Check with trailhead host if there is one.
- Park in designated areas.
- Restrict horses to horse area
- Water horses at designated areas or use buckets.
- Be courteous, keep noise level down (radios etc.).
- No loose stock - control pets: leave dogs at home or on leash.
- Keep a clean trailhead, Pick up after stock periodically.
- Put manure back into trailer.
- Spray your horse with repellent.
- Don’t cut switch backs.
- Try to keep stock in single file on the trail.Loose stock can stray off trail and cause trail damage.
- Repair and clear trail if needed to avoid detours.
- Don’t run horses, for safety reasons.
- When meeting other stock users, whoever can get off the trail easiest should do so.
- When you meet hikers be courteous and take time to talk with them.
- When stopping for lunch, tie horses well off the trail and hobble if necessary.
- Watch wildlife from a distance: Keep quiet, Keep moving, Don’t make eye contact
Pack It In,
Pack It Out
Minimum Impact Philosophy: Disguise the sight and sound of your passage, leaving no sign that you were ever there.