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Water Quality - Horse SA

Tips for...


Trail Riders

to help protect water quality

• plan your trail experience, ride on well

designed, marked horse trails

• avoid riding in wet areas, on steep slopes

or other erosion

prone areas unless

a sustainable trail

is provided

• water horses

(with a collapsible

bucket) away from

water courses

Horse riders learning about water

quality testing

• utilise bridges and constructed fords

where possible or select a water course

crossing point which will maintain stream

bank integrity

• do not allow horses to paw stream beds

• use formalised trail heads or select a site

with hardened surfaces to park horse


• Keep trail heads tidy. Take home manure

& uneaten feed or dispose of according to

land manager’s requirements; avoid piling

up manure under native trees

• learn how to picnic or

camp with your horse

using “minimum impact”

principles in relation to

campsite selection and

setting up, use of soaps

& detergents and camp


• wherever possible, a

vegetation buffer should

exist between the trail

and the water course

• learn about good trail design, including

construction and preservation of trail

berms (which keep water off the trail)

• help educate other horse riders about

good riding practices to maintain trail


• be a part of trail maintenance &

monitoring programs

Photo courtesy of the

Office for Recreation

& Sport

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