Earth Day is a great day to enjoy the environment. In my opinion, the best way to enjoy the environment in the horse world is by trail riding. Trail riding allows for you to experience the Earth and see Mother Nature at her finest. Believe it or not, while you are enjoying the Earth and trail riding, you can also help our planet.
While you are out trail riding, make sure to stay on a trail designated for Horses. Horses prefer to take the easy way on rides, whether it is the trail or not. Allowing your horse to steer away from the path may damage plants and leave manure and waste behind. If these areas are not tended to, and cleaned regularly, it may lead to larger problems such as streams being littered resulting in unsafe drinking water for horses.
The speed and style of riding determines the type of trail you should be on. If you are on a trail that has high peaks and low valleys, you may want to slow down so your horse is not scrambling and getting stuck in mud. Horses’ hooves act as suction cups and when embedded in mud, may break down particles and causing the erosion effect.
In conclusion, be mindful. Assess the best conditions for you and your horse. How can you ride without making a negative impact on the trail and its surroundings? Research ways on how you can volunteer in your community. Pitch in and clean up trails for extended use and enjoyment.
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