So I've been following this issue on the forums here for quite a while, and have been trying to wrap my head around why the Equi's seem to have their own agenda and don't seem willing to work with other groups. I myself do not know any Equestrians, or have spoken to them about their love of the hobby/lifestyle - nor do I have any trail maintenance experience (will be doing some volunteering this year). From what I've been reading on this forum, the equestrians really don't want to have any dialogue with us or share trail maintenance responsibilities. So for grins, I searched around the net to find out a little more about what it takes to maintain the equestrian lifestyle. I went to equisearch.com's forum to find out what the cost of maintaining a horse is. It looks like the average is $400 - $500 per month, on top of buying clothing & other accesories. For a working class mountain biker like me, that's a truck payment! Compared to mountain biking, it costs WAY more a month to maintain a horse. I'm sure there are mtb'ers that race who potentially spend that amount monthly. My guess is that since mountain biking is more accessible to more people due to the lower costs, Equis' probably feel like a minority - and therefore feel THREATENED by mountain biking advocacy. It seems to me that the real long-term solution to this is empathy for one another's "sport". Maybe a "take an equi mountain biking" or "take a mtn biker horseback riding" event? I'm sure I would have to do more research on this forum to see if some outreach to the equestrian community has been taking place. In the meantime, I will continue to contact my local reps and let them know what my stance is on HB 4684. Well, that's my $0.02
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