Basically we have private horse riding private businesses making use of public space, churning up the path with their hoofs, leaving potholes and shit all over the place, and basically taking over the public space, while making money off of it. This does not include the one bicycle rack that was ripped out of its moorings at the Trail Centre by a wild horse.
When I get to the Brant county section of the trail, I notice that they have scoop signs, which are sort of ambiguous, but at least it is something. I get this shit in my mountain (bike) tires and have to clean it out with water.
The shit sometimes is deposited between the two barriers at the crossings, so one would only have about four square feet to work your trick bike.
Well, on my ride out there last Saturday I found two piles of horse droppings on the trail, about a kilometre in each direction from the Trail Centre. I will admit, I was a bit shy about taking pictures of poop, but, all in a day's blogging. I have a photo of the second pile, but I hope this one will suffice as a a sort of synecdoche of shit.
The correspondent (I'll call him CCRider) took my advice and called to complain at the Hamilton Conservation Authority, but he was not pleased with the response. The administrator, according to CCRider
implied that horse riders are the most important clients of the trail, and the real problem is dogs, not horsesI am not sure where to go from here: I do enjoy seeing the horses, though they can be skittish, therefore potentially dangerous around other trail users. I wish the riders would, as I seem to recall was required from an earlier trail etiquette brochure (i failed to find it on the new HCA web site), push the poop to the side of the trail at least.
What do you think? Is horse poop a problem on the Dundas Trails? Use the comment section to have your say.