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Paying for paths

Posted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:17 am
by Soraya_H&R_AssistEd
In this month's Horseworld (November 2010), we report on a new pay-as-you-ride off-road riding route that was opened in Nottinghamshire in July.

Would you pay for off-road riding in your area? Or maybe you do already? Let us know here!

Re: Paying for paths

Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:02 pm
by dominochase
I used to pay to ride on local Forestry Commission land, so I guess I am in the "would pay for it" camp.

Re: Paying for paths

Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:42 pm
by Snipper
Well, I guess it depends on what the hacking is like in your area. If it was the only place to ride out safely, then I might, but otherwise, I prob wouldn't bother, as it's one more cost I could do without! Our yard is near MOD land, which we are supposed to pay to ride on. I think it's for insurance purposes and so they can let you know if there's going to be any activity on the common that might scare your horse. However, not many people at our yard do pay. There are lots of other lovely places to ride nearby for free. I do still use it sometimes at my own risk, but I am as confident as i can be that if we were to run into the army on exercise that my horse wouldn't be frightened. We have come across men hiding in bushes, shooting and helicopters landing and he is always fine! I wonder how many riders do pay to use it - there are not signs up saying permit holders only or anything, and we have never been stopped and checked up on.

Re: Paying for paths

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:15 pm
by ponyprincess
I used to ride on forestry commission land and we didn't used to pay, but there were so many conflicts in the forest where we rode and complaints about us riding on the designated horse paths (apparently we churned up the paths, ridiculous) that we ended up being followed all over the place by those permit checkers. We paid for yard passes and split the cost between us. It was only a ten second ride from our yard to the forest so it was convenient and worth paying for. Even with the annoying elderly complainers.