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SouthEastern Association of Trailriders
SEAT was established in 1995 and has evolved into a family
oriented pleasure trail riding club, organized to promote safe and responsible
trail riding. Everyone has concerns when
trail riding, especially in a large group, often in unfamiliar surroundings. Common sense should prevail. Developing good trail riding manners comes
with experience. All riders should
review the following guidelines which are written to enhance the enjoyment and
safety of all. Remember, we are all
responsible for promoting and developing our horse activity and its reputation!
- The Ride Coordinator will determine the pace of
the ride based upon the conditions and ability of horses/riders present, which
may include separate groups.
- Green horses or riders should have a green ribbon securely affixed to the
tail of the horse. A horse is considered
green if he is inexperienced at this type of riding or group outing, skittish,
or unpredictable in any way. A red ribbon should be affixed the tail
of any horse even slightly prone to kick.
Stallions must be identified by a yellow
ribbon in their tails.
- Keep at least one horse length between you and the horse in front, unless you
have made a previous arrangement with the other rider.
- Safety helmets are required for riders 18 and
under. Hard hats are highly recommended
for all riders regardless of experience level.
- Juniors must be accompanied by an adult at all
times. The adult sponsor cannot leave
the junior without permission from the ride management. Juniors must provide a written permission
slip if riding with someone other than their parent.
- The Ride Coordinator will have available the
first aid kid at all SEAT rides.
Emergency items will be carried on each ride. Full first aid kit will remain at the
obtain permission to ride on any land.
Obey all No Trespassing signs,
unless permission has been given by the land owner or lessee. Assume all fields are planted. Ride on the edge of fields and never between
the rows. Do not ride through people’s
yards. Be considerate of the landowner’s
rights and unexpressed wishes. Never
forget that it is his land, so he is always right. A silent complaint often leads to losing the
right to ride.
abides by the philosophy of Leave No Trace. Make sure the area around your trailer is free
of manure and trash before you leave. If
you must clean out your trailer, ask where the manure should be placed. Do not litter on the trail. Make sure you carry any trash out with you,
even if there is other litter already on the trail. If you are smoking, dismount and make sure
all smoking material is completely extinguished and you carry your
butts/remnants with you.
- Announce your intention to pass and which side
you will pass on the trail, well in advance.
Pass carefully and considerately, making sure there is adequate
room. Accelerate to a pace slightly
faster than the horse being passed.
Avoid any sudden movements, such as a whip, rein, or hands which may
upset the horse. The horse being passed
should yield to the faster horse(s).
Extra precaution should be used when passing horses with colored ribbons
in their tails. If a rider simply wants
to go at a faster pace, first announce your intention to all horses around,
allowing them a few seconds to prepare.
- When riding through wooded trails, do not hold
back branches as you pass. The limb may
cause injury the horse/rider following you.
- Announce any hazards to the rider behind you,
who in turn, should pass it on. Keep it
simple, such as “Hole on right.”
- If another horse/rider in your group stops, wait
quietly until all are ready to move on.
When stopping for water on the trail, do not block the trail. Let your horse drink, move out of the way and
wait for your riding partners. Never
leave the last rider behind.
- Directions to each SEAT ride will be available
on our website or from the Ride Coordinator.
It is always a good idea to confirm any internet directions. Often a central point is offered for members
to convoy with a lead and drag driver.
It is suggested you have directions in case you become separated from
- Experience will teach you what items are
necessary to carry on trail rides.
Recommended items depending on length of your ride are map, cell phone,
water bottle, halter with lead rope, hoof pick, basic first aid supplies, and
- Each rider is responsible for their actions and
those of their mount. Ignorance of the
rules does not absolve the rider of the responsibility should an accident
- Know your horse’s limitations. Avoid over exertion of your horse. Be aware of his condition throughout the
ride. Let someone know if you suspect a
problem with your horse.
- Inhumane treatment of a horse is unacceptable.
- Dogs are not allowed on the trail, however, they
may accompany you to the ride. They must
remain on a leash, either tethered or under control at all times. Dogs may not roam at large. Please confine your dog to your trailer area,
unless invited to surrounding trailer sites.
Make sure to dispose of dog waste properly.
- Violation of the rules is grounds for dismissal
from the event and action by the club.