SCT Cyclists & Equestrians
-- How We Can Co-Exist Safely
...A Public Service Announcement
– Horses are “prey” animals and have a natural, often uncontrollable instinct to react to something
coming up from behind, or directly at them by “spooking.” This reaction may include spinning, rearing, side stepping
or even kicking out….all of which can be dangerous to the horse, the rider and/or you & your bike! So the second
you see a horse, immediately let a rider know you’re coming with an “ON YOUR LEFT!” loud enough for
the rider to hear. Then slow down as you pass the rider. Whenever possible & safe, pass with a wide margin.
For the most part, horseback riders can safely stay within the tree-lined area of the trail. However, some parts are too narrow
for the horse to safely negotiate, have a severe drop off, downed-trees, a mile-marker sign, water/mud that a horse will
not go through, or the rider may be crossing a bridge or tunnel. Therefore, there may be times when you will come upon a horse/rider
near or on the trail. Again, just let the rider know you are there and pass slowly.
If you are stopped on the side resting and a horse/rider
passes you, please do not approach to pet the horse without asking permission. The rider may be training their horse
and can’t stop or would prefer to keep a distance from you for their personal safety if riding alone…especially
in light of the unfortunate incidents of late.
If you are biking with your children, instruct them to stop their
bike and wait as the horse passes. Children often become enamored with the horse and forget to watch where they’re going.
Same rule for kids petting horses…just ask.
Equestrians - Horseback
riders should ride in a straight line on the right since there is insufficient room to ride abreast safely.
If you come upon another horseback rider and wish to pass, please
ask “May I pass?” and wait for the other rider to acknowledge you/give permission. Pass as widely as possible
or, if the path is open, cross to the other side of the trail to pass before returning to the right to avoid the possibility
of either horse kicking/being kicked.
If your horse is a known kicker, you have the responsibility to tie a Red Ribbon in his/her tail to warn approaching riders.
Because there are a lot of people, animals, and other distractions on the Silver Comet, you may want to ride a horse that
is not prone to kick.
Please do not ride on the concrete part of the Silver Comet whenever
possible. The concrete path is for cyclists, walkers, etc. Should you have to be on the concrete, stay as far
right as possible and go only at a walk. Dismount for bridges and tunnels.
If you horse poops on the concrete path, please dismount immediately
and remove it. If you cannot dismount/mount from the ground, consider purchasing a Bun Bag that attaches to your saddle to
catch the manure for later disposal. http://bunbag.com