Sunday, January 08, 2012

Endurance Etiquette on the Trail

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by Karen Chaton

From Wikipedia: Etiquette is a code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior according to contemporary conventional norms within a society, social class, or group.

Trail etiquette during an endurance ride can be extremely important. It’s a lot like common sense. There’s also a lot to be said for being polite and courteous to your fellow rider. I think it’s important to have some patience and some willingness to tolerate other riders that may be clueless on the trail. I’ve seen many heated exchanges over the years with riders yelling at one another over some sort of etiquette infraction. That seldom does any good and often results in hard feelings.

Here is an article on the topic that Jackie Bumgardner wrote for Endurance News a while back. It covers a wide range of etiquette – everything from camping to riding and vet checks.

I think that a lot of times, riders don’t even realize that they are doing something on the trail that is annoying to those around them. This is why I try to ride my own ride while trying to have as little impact on anybody else.

If you ride a horse that kicks, put a red ribbon in the tail. Yellow for stallions, and green for a green or new horse. Kicking and unpredictable horses should be kept away from groups of horses...

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