TRAIL RIDE RULES AND REGULATIONS
FROM ETI CORRAL 22
These rules and regulations are meant to help make our pleasure rides safer and more enjoyable
for everyone. These rules are modified, and have been expanded from an original set of rules
drawn up by associate member Stan Houlberg. With the
approval of our Executive Board we offer these rules as follows:
Stay on trail, between appointed lead (Trail Boss) and drag rider. Do not leave ride, or trail,
without notifying one or the other.
Do not take short cuts. Trails can only be kept open and usable by their use, but short cuts help
defeat this purpose. Heavy rains follow the ruts made by “short cuts” downhill and wash out the
On the trail keep up the pace. Do not race or run your horse past other horses. Do not lag behind.
When passing another horse ask permission to do so or in some way notify riders ahead that you
wish to pass. As horses pull over to the right to let you by, proceed at a walk or a jog trot.
On the trail maintain a reasonably safe distance between horses. When horses are crowded they
will kick and/or bite. When riding up or down hills and/or on narrow trails try to keep at least
two horse lengths apart. If you tailgate and get kicked, it is your fault.
Horses may be hobbled or they should be tied by a halter and lead line short enough so that they
cannot get down to roll and secure enough so that they cannot break away and cause trouble. Do
not tie too close to another horse. Tie to a fixed object not apt to break or scare the horse if
he pulls back.
Never, at any time, throw trash of any kind (cans, bottles, etc.) on the trail. All refuse must be
carried out with you.
Never at any time smoke while riding. Smoke only at designated smoke stops called by the Trail
Boss. Riders will not smoke when mounted and will make absolutely sure smokes are
extinguished and buried when through.
At watering places avoid being criticized for bad manners or being inconsiderate of other riders
by allowing your horse to jump in and muddy up the water. Crossing streams on the "down-
stream" side will help avoid this.
Do not stop on narrow trails, especially ledge trails. Trail Boss will try not to stop unless it is
safe for all riders.
At no time, regardless of ownership, will anyone be allowed to neglect or abuse his horse. As
members of an organization such as Equestrian Trails Incorporated, which is dedicated to the
horse, it benefits our attitudes and our conduct at all times to practice horsemanship in the
most professional manner. As an adult trail riding Corral, we members of "22" and our guests
will exemplify these high ideals.
When on the trail, if questions arise or problems present themselves, they should be brought
before the Trail Boss or Drag Rider. Concerning the safety and comfort of everyone on the
trail, these persons are the ultimate authority and will have final say in all matters!
No dogs or stallions allowed on the trail.
Each member is responsible for the conduct of his guest(s).
Offensive behavior will not be tolerated.