Michigan Mountain Biking Association
compacted_graphite wrote:I did review the signage at the campground road intersection of the horse trail and the bike trail. I don't believe we could improve it unless we started using billboards. I saw horse leavings today on two mile hill, but I am not sure where they entered the bike trail.
Di_bear wrote:I noticed a fairly fresh occurrence of horse droppings on triple puke. That's NOT good since that hill could easily erode in a very bad way with equestrian traffic present. We stopped at the usual spot at the first road crossing and I noticed that the signs were on the near side of the road. I didn't notice anything on the side of the road where you would enter the trail.
I second keeping it civil. Most equestrians don't understand how riding mountain bike trails ruins it for the mountain bikers. The horse *beep* argument really isn't a good one. You need to give them better reason, such as the erosion issue, and the fact that the mountain bikers are the ones who pay for the trails *and* maintain them. Encourage friendly dialogue so you can educate. If you act like a jackass, then expect them to walk away with about as much sympathy as you would afford someone who acted like a jackass toward you. My suggestion would be to ask them if they are lost and go from there.
Di_bear wrote:Regarding my ride tonight, I almost ran over a little chippy who was hanging out in the middle of the trail. He looked distressed and wasn't moving, although he was certainly alive and breathing. He wouldn't move when I tried to guide him off the trail with my foot, so I got a piece of bark to use as a spatula and some little fat sticks to keep him on it. Moved him off the trail only about a foot and a half. I hate seeing stuff like that.
Di_bear wrote: Most equestrians don't care how riding mountain bike trails ruins it for the mountain bikers.
Di_bear wrote:The horse *beep* argument really isn't a good one. You need to give them better reason, such as the erosion issue, and the fact that the mountain bikers are the ones who pay for the trails *and* maintain them.
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