JORBA Board Member/Chapter Leader
I've never had to "dismount" when yielding to a hiker. Normally I pull off to the side of the trail and allow them to pass by me. When passing a hiker as long as you make yourself well known in a polite way and do not "push" them off the side of the trail I've never run into someone that has an issue with me slowly rolling past them.
Horse riders have a much harder time "dismounting" from their ride than we do. As well they take up more room on the trail and are harder to maneuver.
Just like Ben said we all as user should show respect to all other users of the trails if we wish to be respected.
Ipods on trails are a bad idea IMO. I can't tell you how many people running/biking I've run into that use them and are oblivious to their environment. Its just a distraction that could be come dangerous.
We should try something that most of society has forgotten about, when stopped on the trail or in the parking lot, let's try and give a "Hello" to the hikers or other users of the trails.
Seems like a simple "Hello" to others that have the passion for the outdoors as we do can go incredibly far. Many of times it will actually catch a hiker as a shock that we (MTB's) are not all a bunch of criminals on 2 wheels....
Just a thought.....
At 6MR this past weekend I came across 6 HB riders on the blue trail where there is no way around. I kept my distance until they realized I was there, as soon as they got to a point where they could get the horses off to the side so I could pass they did. They were very courteous to me And I was in return courteous to them and thanked them for letting me pass...no problem. A little courtesy on both sides goes a long way.
Also learned the horses like when you talk to them (from the riders, the horses didn't tell me this). Apparently they don't look at you like humans until you start talking.
She's also mentioned that the trails i've taken her to, Six Mile, Round Valley, and Allaire are not great trails to take horses on. But she did say Allaire was the best one out of the 3. I am not sure why she doesnt think they are good.
There are not too many places to canter at 6 mile, folks who like hunter paces like to canter and gallop their horses I would think....Mare can chime in on that. Tight, twisty trails end up being a pain in the knees for equestrians from being smacked into trees.