Trail Etiquette and Travel
The New York State Department of
Trail Rider Etiquette
Respect the rules and regulations which apply to the use of public
lands and always seek permission before crossing private lands.
Don't litter! If you carry it in carry it out!
Keep camping, parking and corral areas clean. Leave them as you
would like to find them.
Park trailers and vehicle in spaces provided. Do not block
roadways and trail entrances.
Stay on designated trails. Do not cause unnecessary damage by
trampling trailside vegetation.
Respect other trail users. Dismount and lead your horse when
greeting hikers or entering someone else's camp. Do not force hikers
off the the trail!
Do not tether horses to live trees.
Do not smoke on the trail smoke only at rest stops or in camp.
Drown any campfires, then stir and drown again.
Hints For Equestrians
Do not ride alone. Have at least two adults in party.
Always let some responsible person know exactly where you plan to
travel and when you expect to get back.
Then carry out that
Carry first aid supplies for rider and mount, including bluevitriol
or similar antiseptic for saddle sores or chafing.
Carry a supply of rawhide lacing for emergency repairs to reins,
Halter should be worn under the bridle to tether horse.
Carry fly spray and fly dope (during fly time) for horse and rider.
Take along an extra horseshoe and nails, hatchet, jackknife with
Carry a 20' coil of 1/2" rope.
Each rider must carry enough grain for his/her mount. Normally
during the summer months, some areas of grass
can be found at
various locations along the trail.
A piece of light weight plastic 8' x 10' to cover horse, saddle and
rider in the event of heavy rain is recommended.
Enjoy the Ride!!
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