We’re just used to it; horse manure is simply part of life with horses. Others are not so complacent regarding the occurrence of our horse’s road apples. Our neighbors don’t appreciate horse droppings left in residential neighborhoods. Patrons of businesses don’t want to step through a manure pile. So what’s the big deal? Why the fuss about road apples?
Why Road Apples Management Becomes Important
Our horse’s road apples are poop. People have an aversion to poop. As home subdivisions spring up in areas where riding trails meandered through, good horse manure management becomes critical. It is our responsibility for horses to be accepted as friendly residential members in increasingly crowded suburban areas. Not leaving horse manure deposits behind is part of being neighborly.
Leave No Trace – Pick up Your Horse’s Road Apples
Several staging areas for trail rides in a variety of Central Coast locations are in residential neighborhoods. Those neighbors don’t want to see plops of horse poop left in an irresponsible manner. Other staging areas are in public places like the beach and state parks. If we want to keep trail access open, we need to be responsible, considerate neighbors. That means don’t leave your horse’s road apples behind in staging areas, or where a business allows you to tie your horse while you dine or sip. Be prepared to manage your horse’s droppings on the road. If at a business, look for a provided fork and bucket to dump your manure into.
Helpful Tips for Managing Your Horse’s Road Apples
Don’t Miss the Road Apples
Store a manure fork in your horse trailer. A mini manure fork fits right in your trailer’s tack compartment. Pick up any droppings left while you groomed and tacked up before your ride and while you untacked at the end of the ride. Take one more look to scoop up any road apples deposited while you loaded the horse(s) too. Remember, horses poop A LOT!
Take the Road Apples Home
Put the road apples in your trailer to transport back to your horse’s home. Make the process really easy with a transportable manure bucket to deposit the road apples in. When you get home, dump the whole bucket into the manure pile. Get yourself a portable manure bucket or wheelbarrow to help with this.
Where You Can Leave Road Apples
Since carrying a manure bag along with you is really not practical, road apples dropped on a horse trail can be left. However there are areas where even that is not allowed. Please check for rules regarding manure deposits before riding out. If your horse poops on open land where human population won’t be coming across the road apples, you can (usually) just leave them there.
Where You Should NOT Leave Road Apples
Not only must you not leave road apples in a staging area, or where a business allows you to tie-up while dining or sipping, don’t leave them along a residential road either. If your horse leaves deposits along the side of a residential road, note the location and plan to return to scoop up the road apples as you drive your horse(s) home. Again, some multi-use trail areas and state parks may have rules regarding manure deposits. Please check before riding out. Businesses allowing horses to tie-up on their property while the riders dine or sip usually have a rake and a bucket nearby. Please demonstrate good horse manners and leave the area clean.
Be Neighborly and Leave no Trace – Pick up Your Horse’s Road Apples
Let’s all be good neighbors when we ride in residential neighborhoods, to business who allow you to tie-up while you dine and sip, and in public places. Get in the habit of picking up your horse’s road apples. Your actions will help preserve everyone’s access to riding trails in residential neighborhoods.
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