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published Sep 2020

Equestrian Etiquette - Protecting Trees and Park Structures

by Lora Goerlich with Equestrian Trails and Facilities Consultant LLC

Responsible equestrians should actively protect trees and other park structures when out on the trail. Equine expert Lora Goerlich gives her take on this topic.


published Nov 2019

Safe Encounters with Horses on Shared-Use Trails

by Dianne Martin

American Trails contributor Dianne Martin shares some tips on how to safely share trails with horses.


published Nov 2019

Yellowjackets on the Trail

by Lora Goerlich with Equestrian Trails and Facilities Consultant LLC

This first hand account from American Trails contributor Lora Goerlich is a great reminder about why you need to be prepared for yellowjackets on the trail.


published Oct 2019

The Keys to Making Ambitious Trail Partnerships Work

by Back Country Horsemen of America (BCHA)

Organizations working together can tackle problems and issues that are too large for single organizations to handle.


published Sep 2019

Horsepower: Where it all Started

by Guy Zoellner with USDA Forest Service

Packers still play an important role in backcountry trail development.


published Apr 2019

The Equestrian Trail Riders Lifestyle

by Lora Goerlich with Equestrian Trails and Facilities Consultant LLC

A guide to keeping horses and the equestrian lifestyle.


published May 2018

Land Ethics for Equestrian Trail Users

Increasing numbers of equestrians on public lands require more awareness of impacts.


published Dec 2017

Horse-friendly Zoning Practices In American Communities

by Christine Hughes

Zoning is very important concept for horse community members to understand, because it effects how and where you may keep your horses, and even how they can be used within a community.


published Sep 2017

Recreation Ecology Literature Review

by Metro Regional Government

Recreation ecology is the scientific study of environmental impacts resulting from recreational activity in protected natural areas. The nature of a literature review is to summarize what has been studied, what has been learned, and what the experts have concluded.


published Jan 2015

Planning and Zoning Guide for Horse Friendly Communities

by Christine Hughes

Since land is saved locally, it is vital that horsemen understand the basics of planning and zoning and how this impacts horse keeping, breeding, competing and recreating, as well as equine related businesses in their communities, in order to retain access to horses and enjoy their benefits.


published Aug 2014

Getting Organized – Creating Equestrian Trail Organizations

by Equine Land Conservation Resource

The future ability of people to enjoy and keep horses in open spaces will hinge largely on the efforts of today's equestrian users. What is the alternative? Loss of trails for equestrians. Now is the time to get organized!


published Jan 2014

Multi-use Trail Surface Study

by Connecticut Equine Advisory Council

The Equine Advisory Council conducted research and interviews throughout Connecticut to determine project cost and general installation, maintenance, environmental impacts, and suitability for multiple user groups for various surface materials.