Trail Conduct

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SBPA IS COMMITTED TO LANDOWNER RELATIONS, EQUESTRIAN SAFETY AND PRESERVATION OF BRIDLE PATHS.

SOMERSET BRIDLE PATH ASSOCIATION  COMMITTED TO LANDOWNER RELATIONS, EQUESTRIAN SAFETY AND PRESERVATION OF BRIDLE PATHS SINCE 1961.  ACCESS TO OUR TRAILS IS A PRIVILEGE. KEEPING THEM OPEN DEPENDS ON BASIC TRAIL ETIQUETTE. RULES OF CONDUCT  

  • Riders: 
  • Put safety first. Wear approved, protective headgear,  and assume all risks. 
  • Be courteous at all times and respect the rights and  privacy of property owners. 
  • Stay on designated SBPA trails. 
  • Observe all rules as posted. 
  • Hack in small groups of 2 or 3. Keep voices low. 
  • Be respectful of drivers. 
  • Keep in single file alongside public roads. 
  • Use hand signals whenever possible to reassure drivers  unfamiliar with horses. 
  • Keep to edge of cultivated fields. 
  • Walk horses when near livestock & paddocks. 
  • Stay on gravel paths or dirt roads after rain or wet  weather to avoid damaging paths and edges of fields. 
  • Do not use landowner’s rings or jumps. 
  • Please avoid riding in Hunt Country when the Essex Fox  Hounds are scheduled to hunt. 
  • Report needed repairs on trails to SBPA. 
  • Refrain from littering or disturbing the land in any  way. 
  • Always leave your dogs at home.

REMEMBER, ALL RIDERS REPRESENT THE RIDING COMMUNITY AT LARGE. ONE THOUGHTLESS RIDER CAN CAUSE A TRAIL TO BE CLOSED. 

Signs that you Might See on the Trail

Somerset Bridle Path Trails

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Look for these  markers. 

Follow Directions

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Please respect the Landowner's Directions. 

Remember that access to the trails is a privilege

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ALWAYS respect the Land Owner

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Bedminster Township Sign

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 Raritan Headwaters Association Sign