Coming backup one of my local trails yesterday and be confronted with two horseriders coming down it.
The trail itself is pretty steep and in winter can be quite slippery, usually to the point of having to push and walk.
The trail is rendered virtually unrideable in winter due to riders coming down it, digging great clods out of the trail surface. There were also 4ft long skids where the hooves had failed to find grip.
I tend to be fairly selective on which trails I ride during the winter when the ground conditions are wet and soft, but it appears that the horseriders down our way dont share this view. Rendering a number of trails completely impassible on a bike and on foot.
Come the summer this often renders some of the steeper trails virtually unrideable as they are stepped once the horse generated clag has dried off.
I'd like to try and engage with the local horseriding community to try and minimise this sort of damage and erosion, but I fear that this would probably be counter productinve and just create a rod for my own back and damage relations further between bikers and horseriders.
Your thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.