Horse riding in NH could see restrictions
But she can still ride a horse there.
“These new rules are insane.”
Tuthill spoke at a Department of Resources and Economic Development hearing on rule changes proposed for state laws that many of the 50 in attendance said will adversely affect horseback riders in the state.
The state rules presently allow riding on blazed, road-width trails unless otherwise posted. The new rules would limit riders to hardened trails that must be at least eight feet wide and must be posted for equestrian use.
“Out there horses have the right of way,” she said.
“There is an incredible significance of horseback riding in this state and this region,” she said. “To allow snowmobiles to run and restrict horses is something I can’t fathom.”
By restricting riders to the new law, which says horseback riders must ride on a trail designated for horses that is eight feet wide and hardened trails — and Harvey asked the DRED panel what “hardened trails” means in their decision-making process — the state is imposing too much restriction where it isn’t needed.
Harvey said in other states, riders are responsible for “scattering” their horses’ manure behind them, something New Hampshire riders could do instead of the new rule.
“All of this is making it more restrictive, and that does a disservice to this state,” he said. “We could impose a fee-based system and make money on it as other states do.”| Sheilagh Connelly, a selectman from Holderness, and Holderness Police Chief Jake Pattridge spoke in favor of a part of the rules changes not dealing with equestrian issues, but would make Livermore Falls area into a state park, which would outlaw drinking in an area where Pattridge said town police make 40 percent of their yearly arrests.
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