A bicyclist at Wilder stopped me on my horse today….

ndwoods | July 30, 2012 | COMMENTS:4 Comments »

Still a few California Poppys at Wilder….


My friend and I were just starting our ride today. We had gone through the gate and were just headed up the main trail. We were talking about this and that while walking out on our on horses and a couple of bikes were coming towards us so we just naturally moved off to the right to let them pass. In fact, we had been side by side, but we rearranged ourselves to single file so they could ride on by without interference. This is business as usual for us. But the second biker stopped and said he just needed to tell us something. I expected him to ask to take our picture, or maybe to tell us there was a rattler up the way, or maybe a tree down…why would anyone stop you on the trail? But…he surprised both my friend and I by proceeding to say that he just had to tell us that he had never experienced such polite and pleasant horse back riders in a park anywhere! What a nice thing to say! He told us he was from out of town, and I am sorry in retrospect that bikers and horses don’t always get along other places….but in our park, it’s a fact that bikers and horses in the main are very courteous and helpful to each other! Thank you Wilder bikers and riders for creating this atmosphere!

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  1. Joe Schwartz AKA HikerJoe2 says:

    I am enjoying reading your enttries on this website. Your comments aboout biker/horseback rider conficts in other places brings to mind an experience my son and I had hiking in Hoosier National Forest, Indiana this year. Hikers, bikers and horses share many trail here and the right of way goes forst to horses and their riders, then to hikers and bikers yeild to both. We were instructed to move off the trail to the downhill side when encounntering horses, but no one mentiooned the need to talk to the riders. I generally greet people i meeet on the trail, but my son, being a typical teenager is shy around adults. When approached by a train of horses we moved off the trail and I spoke to the first rider when she passed. My son. being a ew yards ahead of me stood in silence, listening to the conversation. As the last rider approached my son, the horse jumped off the trail! Once the rider got his horse under control the first rider informed us we should speak as the horses pass by so they know we are human rather than a preditor. Needless to sa, we were carful to do so the rest of the trip!

  2. Joe Schwartz AKA HikerJoe2 says:

    I am enjoying reading your enttries on this website. Your comments aboout biker/horseback rider conficts in other places brings to mind an experience my son and I had hiking in Hoosier National Forest, Indiana this year. Hikers, bikers and horses share many trail here and the right of way goes first to horses and their riders, then to hikers and bikers yeild to both. We were instructed to move off the trail to the downhill side when encountering horses, but no one mentioned the need to talk to the riders. I generally greet people i meeet on the trail, but my son, being a typical teenager is shy around adults. When approached by a train of horses we moved off the trail and I spoke to the first rider when she passed. My son, being a few yards ahead of me stood in silence, listening to the conversation. As the last rider approached my son, the horse jumped off the trail! Once the rider got his horse under control the first rider informed us we should speak as the horses pass by so they know we are human rather than a preditor. Needless to say, we were carful to do so the rest of the trip!

  3. ndwoods says:

    Thanks Joe….so true! Always best to announce yourself to a horse and rider!

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