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ELCR at 2019 International Trails Symposium & Training Institute
April 30 @ 8:15 am - 9:30 am
Planning, Funding, and Managing Equestrian and Multi-Use Trails – Through Collaboration
This session will explore the considerations for creating and keeping access to equestrian trails, including the behavior and needs of both horse and rider as they traverse the trail or rest at the campsite. Presenters will discuss the many aspects and potential conflicts of sharing the trails with other non-motorized user groups. Topics will include: understanding how a horse sees and reacts; advantages of sharing the trail with other users, and how to prevent user conflict; safety precautions; the importance of signage; camping, access and amenities. The presenters will explore the pathway that equestrian trail organizations must negotiate, as they: plan for, find funding for, sustainably design and build trails that will meet the needs of all potential users. Additionally, creating a maintenance plan for your trail system, and the collaborative efforts that are needed to complete a trail project or maintain access to existing trails are considered.