2017 UHA trail work:
Some of our trail construction and maintenance work this year:
Observation Hill stabilization, and stepover maintenance at N1 trail entrance Durham Forest.
The Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association is proud to support our local trail systems and advocates sharing the trails for multi-use ensuring that equine access is included.
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Just a sample of some of the work the Trails committee has been doing on in 2017. The hill up to the Observation Lookout in the Countryside Preserve was suffering damage from public use so Dave Walker and helpers teamed up with the Township and the DMBA to stabilize the hill so that it remains viable for all trail users.
In late September, work was done on the stepovers at the N1 trail entrance to the Durham Forest. This allows access to the trails by horse traffic but helps prevent unauthorized use. Thanks must go out to everyone involved in helping complete these projects!
Some of the projects we have helped with include the following:
We are currently involved in the following projects :
Please be respectful of public trails when riding in our regional forests. If the ground is soft and your horse is leaving deep marks, don't ride. One thoughtless rider can create a 'no horses' rule and ruin it for everyone else.
Updated: April 25, 2017 The TRCA has advised our trail liason Joanne Michener, that the trails are once again open for use. They have asked us however to use common sense and avoid muddy areas as this ruins the trail for all users. Thank you for adhering to this policy!
This spring, those of you planning to ride in and around the TRCA’s East Duffins Headwater properties may see “Trails Closed” signs at entrances to the trailheads. These signs will be posted for a short period of time to allow the trails to recover from the spring thaw.
The spring thaw and the showers that accompany it, or even just a good rain, can turn your favorite trail into a large mud puddle.
As tempting as it may be to use a wet trail and just go around or through the wet area, please keep in mind that you are not the only one using the trails and your actions affect all users. If everyone goes around the puddle it widens the trail over time. Going across the wet area leaves imprints when the area dries. Wet trails cannot handle weight, especially that of an, on average, 800 lb horse. They cannot repair themselves from such trauma making it difficult for others to use them once they dry. Having to navigate over uneven ground left by hoof, foot and tire prints is dangerous and spoils the enjoyment of the trail for others.
Another concern related directly to equestrians - their horses specifically - is manure. While we may be ‘desensitized’ to manure, other trail users are not. Please go off trail when necessary or dismount and clear your horse’s manure from the trail, keep him moving during the process or ride through it to scatter it so it will decompose faster. In the parking lot, take your manure with you or scatter it.
Help spread the word – and the manure.
Remember, you represent all equestrians when you’re on the trail. Your actions and attitude speak for all of us, so please let your message be a positive one. Be considerate and respectful of other users and be a good steward of the forest.
Encountering a horse on the trail can be very intimidating to people who are unaccustomed to being around them. It's an understandable reaction considering the average horse weighs 363 kg (800 lbs).
Despite centuries of domestication, the horse's nature is still that of a prey animal - as opposed to a predator, which we are. This causes them to view things much differently than we do and dictates how they behave in certain situations. They are hard-wired by Mother Nature to avoid becoming someone's dinner.
We Would like to Thank our 2017 Partners for their Support!
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The Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association
PO Box 1494
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