Letter: Don’t Change Trail Rules

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to your Sept. 21 article about the proposed rule in New Hampshire that would require riders to clean up after their horses when using state trails. 0

I have been a leader of equine science for Grafton County 4-H for almost 43 years. Please do not change New Hampshire; it is a wonderful and caring state for many of our equine riders, young and old.

Our club has ridden (road and trail) for many years to sponsor St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee. The girls collect hundreds of dollars in donations each time we sponsor a trail ride.

Some of the 4-H riders have commented on how wonderful it is to be riding through the woods to see and hear the birds and the lovely trees along the trail. We head out of the trail onto the road for a short distance. Before the entrance of another trail, the riders take a glance to the east and become mesmerized looking at the White Mountains silhouetted against a blue sky.

Someday maybe the sick children who the 4-H-ers are helping will be able to enjoy such beauty.

I understand that it would be helpful to have someone following horses in a parade along a main street in town to pick up manure. But please don’t change the rules governing trail use. Please do not change New Hampshire.

Joan M. Osgood



Horse Riders Spit Bit Over Trail Cleanup Rule

Friday, September 20, 2013

Orford — Granite State equine enthusiasts are spooked by proposed state regulations that would mandate horse riders on state-owned land to clean up after their animals, calling the stipulation unnecessary and impractical. The proposed rule changes would require owners of horses and other animals to clean up manure in “public traffic areas” on state-owned land such as trails, including the …