So I've been riding Fort Custer for well over 15 years now. Every once and a while I get fired up about the horses but it's usually over horse crap (literally) on the trails.
While I don't care for horses on the trail, or crapping all over it, in the parking lots, etc.. I'm also polite on the trail to horseback riders (or at least not impolite) I don't say much to them other than a warning if I am coming up from behind, and I still always dismount if they are riding in the opposite (wrong) direction to make sure I don't get kicked, or as much as I would like them to get accidentially dismounted - I'm an adult and don't want to be the cause of a broken neck, injury, etc. I don't yell, cuss, *beep* etc.
Today however that would have changed if I saw a single *beep* horse out on the trails. I rode all 3 loops - blue, red, and green. I'm not sure if there was an event this past weekend or what, had I seen a horseback rider I would have gone off.
In my almost 20 years of riding at the Fort I've NEVER seen it so torn up by horses, and I've NEVER seen so much horse crap on the trails. The blue loop, which I don't ride much, was an absolute nightmare. Trail was torn all to *beep*, many of the climbs were churned up so bad I couldn't ride them, and riding through horse crap was unavoidable.
The Red loop was slightly better on all accounts, but a few of the climbs again, particularly where it was at all loose - was churned all up. A fair amount of horse crap.
The Green Loop wasn't as bad as the blue, but was worse than the green. Clearly horses were out there in soft conditions, and a lot of them based on the amount of horse crap out there. They had also gone through the newer green sections where horses really shouldn't be.
I know there is a new plan for horses out at the Fort as I've been to most of the meetings.
How soon is that going to be implemented. Honestly today had I seen one person on horseback I told myself I was going to speak up and say something.
Last week I was out there and had a couple of riders going the opposite direction tell me to slow down (while I was off my bike allowing them to pass and biting my tongue to the point of blood) and then today there was this.
I'm tired of the *beep* horses and I think I'm done staying quiet. Today was one of those days I wished I had a video camera with me to take some shots of the damage and the horse crap all over the trails.