All Terrain Vehicle Safety

How to handle encounters with all-terrain vehicles while you're on the trail with your horse. From ATVA.
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How to handle encounters with all-terrain vehicles while you're on the trail with your horse. From ATVA.

Be courteous to others you may meet on the trail. Always give right-of-way to hikers and horseback riders. Pull off the rail and stop your engine for horses. In most areas, horses are not permitted on trail unless they are accustomed to vehicles, but don't take a chance. The rider will likely talk soothingly to the horse. It doesn't hurt for you to do the same to assure the horse you are no threat. Horses respond very positively to a calm, human voice.

Approach livestock or wildlife on the trail slowly. In some parts of the country, range cattle pass the afternoon under shade trees along a trail. If you startle them, they may run directly into your path. Give them time to react and give them as wide a berth as possible.

Always leave gates and fences the way you found them. This is especially important on private lands where livestock may be kept.

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