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What a Horse Sees

horseseesHere’s a great resource on sharing trails with horses, mountain bikers, and hikers: “What a Horse Sees!” – a short film illustrating safe ways of passing horse and rider on the trail.

From Everett Lewis, a Washington Backcountry Horseman, comes this wonderful video that is just as applicable to those of us riding the horses as the bikers and hikers that also want to learn how to be safe around equines.
Everett has distilled the myriad of “what should happen” items into three easy to remember steps that we can share with the growing number of people on the trail. The life you save my be your own.

  • STOP – Horses spook easily, and may perceive movement, especially quiet movement, as a predator — and bolt.
  • TALK – Human speech is reassuring and comforting for the horse. Continue to talk until the horse has passed.
  • MOVE DOWN – to the low side of the trail. If horse gets spooked, you don’t want it going off the steep side or horse and rider can be injured.

Enjoy the video that Everett produced to help educate hikers and bikers, as well as horsemen on how to share the trails together.

  • melanie

    Thanks for the video to educate users on the trails.

  • Gabrielle-VP-BCHMichigan

    This is a wonderfully informative video. Thank you for producing it!!
    I would like to make some comments, not as criticism, but as points from another perspective.
    When the horses pass one another; many riders who ride trails and shows/ arenas learn to pass left-shoulder to left-shoulder.
    I also teach new trail riders that if possible, move off the trail and turn your horse to FACE the trail where the other users are traveling. Do NOT leave your horse’s hindquarters in a position to kick the other trail user – horse, hiker, biker, or dog walker.
    The greatest danger, of course, comes from another trail users coming up behind a horse without warning – as had happened with mountain bikes moving at speed and overtaking a horse quickly and in some cases, crashing into the back of a horse. How can we educate each other on watching for signs of a horse ahead of a biker? I’ve heard of some trails being designated as one direction for one type of user and opposite direction for other users.