Horseback trail safety, rules and etiquette
- Wear a helmet.
- Wear appropriate footwear with a heel, that fits easily in and out of your stirrups. Avoid deep-lugged soles.
- Ride single file when another rider is approaching from either direction.
- When meeting hikers and bicyclists, reduce gait to a walk and allow room to pass.
- If your horse kicks, tie a red ribbon in its tail.
- If you have an unruly horse which you cannot control at all times, please do not bring the horse on public trails as you will be jeopardizing the safety of others.
- Ride in groups.
- Carry a trail map and know your location.
- Carry a cell phone (in your pocket, not in saddlebag).
- Share the trail with others
- Stay on designated trails.
- Keep right so others can pass.
- Keep all pets on leash.
- Obey traffic signs and rules.
- Pack out all garbage and litter.
- Respect adjoining landowners rights and privacy.
- Warn other trail users when passing by giving an audible signal.
- Some horses may be spooked by quiet bikers or in-line skaters. Let them know you are passing.
- Overnight camping and campfires are permitted only on designated campsites.
- Never leave campfires unattended.
- Enjoy the beauty of wild plants & animals, but leave them undisturbed for all to enjoy.
Trail users are legally responsible for obeying the rules and regulations provided in Minnesota Rules, State Recreational Trails, 6100.3000 through 6100.4300.