T&D News 2008 Number 2

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Keeping Horses in Mind When Designing Trails and Campgrounds

Imagine driving a nine-horse stock trailer into a trailhead for equestrians, only to find out there's not enough room to turn around. Land managers, engineers, architects, horse advocates, and private developers now have a guidebook that will help them create recreation facilities that meet the needs of horses and their riders.

The "Equestrian Design Guidebook for Trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds" (0723–2816–MTDC) has more than 300 pages with information from across America, Canada, and Great Britain. Hundreds of drawings and photos, references, and examples show how to accommodate horses and their riders in typical and specialized situations.

While the emphasis is on highly developed facilities and programs in urban, rural, and some wildland areas, the information can be applied more widely.

The MTDC guidebook was funded by the Recreational Trails Program of the Federal Highway Administration.

To order a guidebook, contact the FHWA at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/rectrails/trailpub.htm. For additional information about trails and campgrounds for equestrians, contact Sunni Bradshaw at MTDC (phone: 406-829-6765; e-mail: srbradshaw@fs.fed.us).

This image contains two images. The one on the left is the cover of the publication and has an outline of four horses galloping. The one on the right shows a covered picnic table with a corral in the background.

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