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Horse Town?

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Do you live in a horse-friendly community?

We have enough land that we don't need other places to ride.
8%
69
No, my community isn't horse-friendly.
19%
151
Yes, my community actively encourages riders and has organized trail rides.
11%
88
Yes, we can use trails and open areas in our area to ride.
29%
240
It's OK--riding in the area is tolerated and most areas are safe.
33%
267

Total votes cast: 815

Comments & Write-in Answers

Deer Hunters are more important than horseback riders.

1/24/2011 11:04:24 PM

Great equine comm. with a race track a & trails for miles

1/24/2011 6:52:00 PM

Not a native local and lands are closed to outsiders

1/24/2011 4:25:56 PM

many of the lakes in our state have equestrian camps and marked trails often we organize rides

1/24/2011 4:06:27 PM

Most people will let us ride on their land But some don't want horses on their property.

1/24/2011 3:31:29 PM

Ah, suburbia! No horses here.

1/24/2011 3:22:36 PM

Live out in the country, some places to ride.

1/24/2011 2:31:24 PM

We have 160 acres but we're only 10 min out of the city, all farmland around us

1/24/2011 1:58:22 PM

foxhunting in North Salem,NY keeps the land open for riders and we have a good Trail Association too

1/24/2011 1:19:06 PM

Have thousands of acres of FS and BLM land, county trails

1/24/2011 11:06:04 AM

We have a community arena, but have to trailer out for trail rides.

1/24/2011 1:02:26 AM

there is a number of riding clubs in area

1/23/2011 8:59:33 PM

Greater St Louis; nonriders whine ALOT about use of public lands for riding.

1/23/2011 10:39:11 AM

Bend Oregon has trails for riding in all seasons.

1/22/2011 11:17:29 PM

which is good since in our rual comm.no one else lets you ride on their property. go figure!!!

1/22/2011 10:57:10 AM

Aiken, SC where the horse is king

1/22/2011 8:05:40 AM

We live next to protected reservations and can ride fr miles and cool off in several creeks and rive

1/22/2011 5:23:24 AM

Urban sprawl has decreased area available for riding significantly

1/21/2011 9:56:46 PM

We are fortunate to live near Brown County State Park in Indiana -great trails for all rider levels!

1/21/2011 5:04:51 PM

We have dirt roads and many privately owned trails which are able to be used by riders. There are al

1/21/2011 12:35:49 PM

I live in Kelowna, BC and we have Mission park greenway and Myra Bellvue park, within city limits

1/21/2011 12:28:09 PM

Too many speeding cars with ignorant drivers makes riding unsafe. I ride at home.

1/21/2011 12:22:04 PM

Dutchess County

1/21/2011 9:37:55 AM

We are a town of 1700 residents owning 110 horses. Voters approved a Right-to-Farm bylaw.

1/21/2011 8:35:15 AM

Albemarle County, VA is very horse friendly. Open areas, active hunt comm. & wlk and talks, etc.

1/21/2011 8:14:18 AM

We take our horses to the Rocky mountains foothills as well to ride in the summer

1/21/2011 2:04:04 AM

Nuevo, CA

1/20/2011 9:42:15 PM

I am happy to say I live on a 500 acre farm.

1/20/2011 9:04:14 PM

Urban sprawl with city drivers!

1/20/2011 8:50:33 PM

sad that horses are not wanted in town here ...

1/20/2011 8:31:35 PM

drivers where I live no longer bother to slow down, move over, or seem to care

1/20/2011 7:18:00 PM

Fortunately we can ride on our own 70 acres, but even the nearby Erie Canal trail was closed by the

1/20/2011 7:08:39 PM

we have people who will open gates and throw trash in the water .

1/20/2011 7:02:00 PM

We protected our area with a rural zoning overlay. N. L.A. County, CA

1/20/2011 6:58:13 PM

Barking dogs, narrow between fences, heavy traffic, garbage from backyards. Need very quiet horse.

1/20/2011 6:37:01 PM

I Love Southern NH. We are horse friendly and have great areas to ride!!

1/20/2011 6:31:35 PM

one can ride but be careful..drivers will run you over

1/20/2011 5:47:07 PM

No one allows riding on their land, and traffic often does not slow for horses or pedestrians.

1/20/2011 5:31:53 PM

I'm in Bossier City. You can't ride in deer hunting season Oct - Feb, hunters have first priority.

1/20/2011 5:19:35 PM

most land is privately owned so need to ask permission but developing quickly

1/20/2011 5:18:56 PM

Just moved to 15 acres in a RURAL community. Most of our neighbors are farmers.

1/20/2011 5:04:55 PM

Farm country, rural residential...fortunately, several square miles of Ducks Unlimited land helps

1/20/2011 3:55:29 PM

The number one industry in my area is horse related and over 500 miles of trails.

1/20/2011 3:36:14 PM

specific permission from land owners to ride

1/20/2011 3:30:24 PM

Very dense horse area but no community trails. I'd never ride on the bike trail.

1/20/2011 3:27:35 PM

live in a ranching community, can only ride on roads or own property.

1/20/2011 3:26:11 PM

Bedford NY is a rider's paradise with 160 miles of trails and an active riding association (BRLA)

1/20/2011 3:18:02 PM

We trailer our horses about 10 miles & then have 25 miles of trails to ride.

1/20/2011 2:30:03 PM

Oakdale, California is the Cowboy Capital of the World!!

1/20/2011 1:17:16 PM

ATV's, Snowmobiles, and other recreational vehicles, are a better hobby to get into in my community.

1/20/2011 12:14:46 PM

10 acre per parcel subdivision originally horse community-not as many horses now

1/20/2011 11:33:51 AM

Southern PInes is the ultimate horse-friendly place to ride!

1/20/2011 11:03:51 AM

we are in a rural area, some farmers let us ride in their fields, also nearby Natl Forest trails

1/20/2011 10:53:45 AM

we are a rural/farm state. not everyone is so lucky

1/20/2011 10:49:48 AM

The mayor just voted down "horse crossing" signs. :(

1/20/2011 9:26:54 AM

Yes, small town in Central MS with horse coliseum and Bienville Nat'l Forest w/26 miles of trails!

1/20/2011 8:45:29 AM

In my area, not much riding available unless trailer to a park.

1/20/2011 8:40:50 AM

We have a county parks that horse trails

1/20/2011 8:38:21 AM

Netherlands is highly populated, there is not that much space. Traffic does not anticipate horses.

1/20/2011 7:30:24 AM

Yucaipa, Ca has open areas, lots of trails, and an Equestrian arena.

1/20/2011 12:58:09 AM

boulder county, colorado is not as horse friendly as neighboring larimer County.

1/20/2011 12:11:22 AM

Nearby state parks and wilderness with miles of trail systems

1/19/2011 11:56:46 PM

Southern Pines, North Carolina is HORSE COUNTRY. We have a 4,000 acre area dedicated for equestrians

1/19/2011 11:14:10 PM

It used to be...then the developers came...

1/19/2011 10:33:38 PM

Our land is bordered by public lands.

1/19/2011 9:39:54 PM

They have to like us--we outnumber them!

1/19/2011 9:36:38 PM

Wellington, Fl-'nuff said!

1/19/2011 8:37:58 PM

It was great 16 yrs ago but now it is full of subdivisions and careless drivers.

1/19/2011 8:33:16 PM

Horses in Sedona/Village of Oak Creek AZ share the trails with hikers and mountain bikes.

1/19/2011 7:59:29 PM

Although there are more houses than 10-20yrs ago, there are about 16 barns in a mile radius now.

1/19/2011 7:57:24 PM

We have accessable trails, but that is unusual around here. Lots of farm land.

1/19/2011 5:57:27 PM

Restricted to a few conservation areas tha allow riding on trails for a fee or membership plus ins.

1/19/2011 5:20:41 PM

Not totally, but trails on county/state properties closed to horses

1/19/2011 4:47:30 PM

trails blocked by development

1/19/2011 4:43:53 PM

Very rural area. Between my land, a neighbors fields and dirt roads there is alot of space.

1/19/2011 4:14:51 PM

20 mile bridle path easement in our equine community for use by all residents

1/19/2011 3:37:05 PM

We need more riding trails, and less deforrestation

1/19/2011 3:34:35 PM

many trails being hard surfaced for bicycles and fields designated off leash dog areas

1/19/2011 3:29:15 PM

Land a'plenty but NO vet clinic - horse bloodwork done at human hospital!

1/19/2011 3:22:18 PM

Where I board my horse is very horse friendly, I live in a different city.

1/19/2011 2:18:53 PM

there's a state park next door, but they do not allow riding on trails. must stay on roads.

1/19/2011 1:51:09 PM

Fort Collins, CO

1/19/2011 1:38:28 PM

Jackson County MO offers lots of horse friendly trails and events.

1/19/2011 1:15:10 PM

Davie, Florida is a town with a long history of agriculture including horses and rodeos.

1/19/2011 12:39:29 PM

I live in Ramona, Ca in San Diego county. It is still quite rural in an urban county,

1/19/2011 11:32:49 AM

Hores community everyone has horses.

1/19/2011 11:26:56 AM

many riders and carts on streets here

1/19/2011 10:59:54 AM

New neighbors blocked of trails abutting my land. other trails are 1.5 miles down the road.

1/19/2011 10:58:59 AM

I live in a small subdivision that allows horses, there is a bridal path through out our community

1/19/2011 10:45:46 AM

DAVIE, FLORIDA

1/19/2011 10:27:43 AM

I have to mostly trailer away from home, people are mostly mean.

1/19/2011 10:26:20 AM

A few neighbors allow me to ride on their heavily wooded land, but there are no trails adjacent.

1/19/2011 9:23:15 AM

Gated Equestrian Community with 3 miles of trails.

1/19/2011 8:49:39 AM

Tryon NC IS horse country - many trail systems, horse show venues and riders from all disciplines.

1/19/2011 7:51:59 AM

Located in Iceland, nearby Reykjavík. It's beside Rauðhólar and Rauðavatn:)

1/19/2011 6:46:40 AM

We don't have any horse designated areas, and ride on the roads.

1/19/2011 6:29:28 AM

too urban

1/19/2011 1:46:56 AM

I live next to 250,000 acres of national forest, just outside the large resort of Sunriver, Oregon

1/19/2011 12:55:05 AM

It was hard to believe I could have my horses in my back yard but I can here in Scottsdale Az

1/19/2011 12:07:49 AM

there is no place to ride only on the dirt roads where all the gas and oil rigs are going

1/18/2011 11:45:49 PM

Our tiny island has a horsepark!

1/18/2011 11:39:04 PM

In the covenants where we live anyone can ride on the edge of properties-10' leeway.

1/18/2011 10:35:58 PM

nv/ca lots of public land w/ lots of equestrian use

1/18/2011 10:18:46 PM

Weatherford, TX--Cutting Horse Capital & Greenwood Horse Trials :-)

1/18/2011 10:17:56 PM

Most people in our town/village enjoy seeing the horses, but we have a few who cause trouble

1/18/2011 9:39:41 PM

Ottawa - limited use of trails in city limits -

1/18/2011 9:21:34 PM

There is a trail around the subdivision but it has not been kept up.

1/18/2011 9:19:04 PM

We own 800 acres with lots of trails to ride on and never leave the farm!

1/18/2011 8:50:24 PM

Most Pa State Game lands are not open to horses.

1/18/2011 8:42:04 PM

I mostly see horses on the streets and beaches. I've never noted any problems.

1/18/2011 8:41:24 PM

it is not an actual equestrian community, but many trail ride

1/18/2011 8:29:49 PM

Our residential area backs into a 1500-acre regional park with trails for horses, hikers and bikes.

1/18/2011 8:19:40 PM

Thankfully the area promotes and protects multi-use trails, but private open land is rare.

1/18/2011 8:18:20 PM

Homesites average only about 2.5 acres but perfect for keeping one or two. I ride the neighborhood.

1/18/2011 8:18:09 PM

I live in Oakland County Michigan, and everywhere you turn theres a horse lover.

1/18/2011 8:17:17 PM

where I live is all main roads No trails as all land is either Calm land, nature reserves fenced off

1/18/2011 8:14:38 PM

Chatsworth, CA. riding clubs, horse shows, trails, bridel paths between housing, resturaunt to tie

1/18/2011 8:08:30 PM

just keeping a horse on acreage is upcoming problem

1/18/2011 8:01:51 PM

We encounter dirt bikes, 4 wheelers and sand rails. Most are respectful & we all get along OK.

1/18/2011 8:01:02 PM

We live 3 miles from the nearest city, so we have a lot of back roads and field to ride in.

1/18/2011 7:57:59 PM

The farmers don't want the horses compacting the soil, anywhere.

1/18/2011 7:56:56 PM

We are trying to help change this, have gotten involv. w/ rails to trails and includ. equines too

1/18/2011 7:04:23 PM

1st we were told that are horse couldn't ride in town but we found out differently

1/18/2011 6:56:25 PM

This is regarding immed. area - there are parks with equestrian trails within 10 miles.

1/18/2011 6:50:39 PM

We have a State Park with horse trails. Getting there is becoming more challenging, as lots develop

1/18/2011 6:50:04 PM

Sadly, the beautiful farmland is being converted to stores that subsequently close anyway :(

1/18/2011 6:46:47 PM

share trail with non-riders--its awful!

1/18/2011 6:34:23 PM

There is a Back Country Horseman chapter here that keeps trails open for us.

1/18/2011 6:23:12 PM

In our rural community, 99% are respectful to the horse and rider on the road.

1/18/2011 6:03:47 PM

a few sq. miles of farm land they don't want the horses on and no trails

1/18/2011 6:03:39 PM

Sadly, need to haul 1 hour away to ride.

1/18/2011 5:59:54 PM

We have an exquisite network of government and private land, plus club with indoor arenas for winter

1/18/2011 5:33:35 PM

We have to haul our horses about 1 hour to the closest riding places.

1/18/2011 5:23:35 PM

Used to live in nice horse area, development is eating it up

1/18/2011 5:10:02 PM

The Forest Preserve severely regulates where we can ride and we share trails with bikes,joggers,etc.

1/18/2011 4:49:21 PM

Equine industry contributes over $1.0b annually to region. This is waking govt. up to needs.

1/18/2011 4:38:14 PM

I livbe in a farming community and have made friends w/ all of the farmers- (free pony rides om Bday

1/18/2011 4:23:50 PM

After all the promises they paved and concreted the use to be horse paths in the town. Politics!

1/18/2011 4:10:31 PM

Norco, CA 180 miles of groom trails around town plus 80 mi. of natural trails in a wildlife preserve

1/18/2011 4:07:51 PM

Flower Mound, TX used to be horse friendly. Its changing.

1/18/2011 3:59:13 PM

millbrook NY and Clinton Corners NY AWESOME TRAILS and tons of horse lovers!

1/18/2011 3:58:52 PM

We are gradually be built-over and re-zoned to eliminate horsekeeping.

1/18/2011 3:57:53 PM

Santa Ynez, CA very horse friendly

1/18/2011 3:57:47 PM

It's Wyoming, what are they going to do!?

1/18/2011 3:53:04 PM

London UK; reckless drivers, no way to avoid lots of roadwork :( Just lucky my horse is bomb proof!

1/18/2011 3:51:34 PM

Have access to 3 state parks w/in 1 1/2 hrs from home

1/18/2011 3:49:38 PM

I live in a city, horses are boarded out

1/18/2011 3:41:33 PM

My horse lives in a friendly place 20 miles from where I live.

1/18/2011 3:41:12 PM

However, I where I board has access to miles of trails.

1/18/2011 3:36:31 PM

I trailer to riding areas for diversity.

1/18/2011 3:33:13 PM

Norco, CA Horse Town USA is known for its rual atmosphere. Our businesses cater to the equestrians.

1/18/2011 3:30:39 PM

Torrance, CA. No horses. No soul.

1/18/2011 3:25:38 PM

I am fortunate to live near 3 conservation areas that welcome riders. Farmers don't like riders.

1/18/2011 3:22:40 PM

most riding is in National Forests, but unsafe during hunting season(s).

1/18/2011 3:21:55 PM

pilot point / aubrey TX-there are signs that say Horse Country USA everywhere.

1/18/2011 3:20:37 PM

Neighbors are good, I have to trailer places to ride.

1/18/2011 3:17:29 PM

Garland Park, Carmel Valley, CA

1/18/2011 3:13:39 PM

I live in a very rural, ranching area. Horses are commonplace.

1/18/2011 3:13:28 PM

We've tried for years to establish horse trails and only run into red tape.

1/18/2011 3:12:07 PM

People sic their dogs on us.

1/18/2011 3:11:44 PM

Our city will not allow horses on open space land & won't give us a reson for it

1/18/2011 3:11:38 PM

Trails on private land with most owners horse friendly.

1/18/2011 3:05:06 PM

Live in rural and can ride in fields in spring and fall, also logging trails along river so no bad.

1/18/2011 3:04:51 PM

Our community's bridle path association maintains about 25 miles of trails in public-private lands

1/18/2011 3:02:10 PM

I have several neighbours that allow us to ride on their land

1/18/2011 3:01:25 PM

It used to be but now dirtbikes are everywhere and they don't care about anyone else's safety

1/18/2011 3:00:12 PM

We also have trails maintained by students in the Clemson U. forest which are wonderful

1/18/2011 2:57:58 PM

my property abuts Connetquot Park devoted to riding horses, trout fishing, & hiking

1/18/2011 2:53:26 PM

Ocala, FL Need I say more

1/18/2011 2:49:57 PM

Permission required for private land. Parks minimal. Old trails not maintained anymore.

1/18/2011 2:46:40 PM

Aiken, SC! The horse capital of the SE! Lots of equine events of every kind!!!!

1/18/2011 2:42:44 PM

Road riding is necessary to get to fields.

1/18/2011 10:05:20 AM

We specifically bought land next to a state park with trails

1/18/2011 9:57:57 AM

Very fortunate to have lots of fields to ride in within hacking distance of the barn I board at

1/18/2011 9:48:49 AM

Unfortunately the area is changing; County priority is development on small acreage &development $$

1/18/2011 9:48:37 AM