The 10 Commandments of Trail Riding

Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily

  1. Thou shalt not kill the spirit of the ride.
  2. Thou shalt not litter.
  3. Thou shalt not steal around another horse and rider upon the trail. Ask permission, then pass at a moderate pace.
  4. Blessed are the hikers and bikers, though they fear horse manure, for they will be allies in trail legislation.
  5. Thou shalt not have false expectations of the trail: Expect flies, expect mud, expect obstacles along the way and preparest accordingly. (And don’t complain about acts of you-know-who.)
  6. Thou shalt hold the health and safety of your horse and others above all personal desire for fun, adventure or being first back to the trailer.
  7. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s truck and trailer, nor park your horse where he might ding them.
  8. ‘Tis better to tie a single red ribbon in your horse’s tail than to curse the person who rides into the kick zone.
  9. Thou shalt not assume that other riders need or want your assistance or advice.
  10. Honor thy horse’s natural instincts above your own, forsaking gimmickry and false training.