Legality of horses on Scottish cyclepaths?

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Legality of horses on Scottish cyclepaths?

Postby timdownieuk » 22 Sep 2017, 3:51pm

A local part of the NCN 7 route that's much used by walkers, runners and cyclists has recently seen an increase in horse traffic, and the waste they leave behind.

Can horse riders legally use these cycle paths in Scotland? Obviously where the route uses public roads there's not a problem (legally) but the very things that make designated separate routes attractive to cyclists also attracts horse riders.

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Postby Ellieb » 22 Sep 2017, 4:22pm

Yes, under the land reform act 2003 horse riding is allowed on those paths in Scotland.

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Re: Legality of horses on Scottish cyclepaths?

Postby timdownieuk » 22 Sep 2017, 6:57pm

Ellieb wrote:Yes, under the land reform act 2003 horse riding is allowed on those paths in Scotland.


Cheers. That's what I've heard elsewhere. Just need to educate the local horse riders to kick their sh*t off the paths!

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Postby landsurfer » 22 Sep 2017, 7:28pm

timdownieuk wrote:
Ellieb wrote:Yes, under the land reform act 2003 horse riding is allowed on those paths in Scotland.


Cheers. That's what I've heard elsewhere. Just need to educate the local horse riders to kick their sh*t off the paths!

Tim


Obviously you have dealt with the dog owners .... no dog sh*t on the path at all .... well done you ...
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Postby timdownieuk » 22 Sep 2017, 7:35pm

landsurfer wrote:
timdownieuk wrote:
Ellieb wrote:Yes, under the land reform act 2003 horse riding is allowed on those paths in Scotland.


Cheers. That's what I've heard elsewhere. Just need to educate the local horse riders to kick their sh*t off the paths!

Tim


Obviously you have dealt with the dog owners .... no dog sh*t on the path at all .... well done you ...


Thank you for your helpful input. Absolutely invaluable.

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Re: Legality of horses on Scottish cyclepaths?

Postby landsurfer » 22 Sep 2017, 7:51pm

timdownieuk wrote:
landsurfer wrote:
timdownieuk wrote:
Cheers. That's what I've heard elsewhere. Just need to educate the local horse riders to kick their sh*t off the paths!

Tim


Obviously you have dealt with the dog owners .... no dog sh*t on the path at all .... well done you ...


Thank you for your helpful input. Absolutely invaluable.

Tim


Always happy to add a little perspective.
And provide a "reality check" .... not many children blinded by horse poo ... but dog poo .. ? mmmm
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Postby Cyril Haearn » 23 Sep 2017, 5:46pm

Poo-bags are available for horses, the poo can be sold for good money
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Postby Paulatic » 23 Sep 2017, 5:55pm

Cyril Haearn wrote:Poo-bags are available for horses, the poo can be sold for good money

Free in these parts. Some will almost pay you to take it away.
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Postby Fasgadh » 24 Sep 2017, 7:43pm

On some of NCN7 the horse muck would be useful - for covering up the broken glass.

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Postby Username » 26 Sep 2017, 4:16pm

timdownieuk wrote:A local part of the NCN 7 route that's much used by walkers, runners and cyclists has recently seen an increase in horse traffic, and the waste they leave behind.

Can horse riders legally use these cycle paths in Scotland? Obviously where the route uses public roads there's not a problem (legally) but the very things that make designated separate routes attractive to cyclists also attracts horse riders.



On the subject of waste being left behind, do horse riders get fined for horseshit? Dog owners get fined for not cleaning up after their dog, but dogs dont leave behind as big a mess, nor does dog mess typically pose a risk to 2 wheeled traffic on a busy road (motorcycles could slip on horseshit).

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Postby pwa » 26 Sep 2017, 5:04pm

Username wrote:
timdownieuk wrote:A local part of the NCN 7 route that's much used by walkers, runners and cyclists has recently seen an increase in horse traffic, and the waste they leave behind.

Can horse riders legally use these cycle paths in Scotland? Obviously where the route uses public roads there's not a problem (legally) but the very things that make designated separate routes attractive to cyclists also attracts horse riders.



On the subject of waste being left behind, do horse riders get fined for horseshit? Dog owners get fined for not cleaning up after their dog, but dogs dont leave behind as big a mess, nor does dog mess typically pose a risk to 2 wheeled traffic on a busy road (motorcycles could slip on horseshit).


Which would you rather get on you. Dog poo or horse muck? The first is a potentially harmful stinking substance, the slightest trace of which can leave you clothes or shoes stinking. The second is relatively benign, and when the kids were little and went on the back of the tandem I would sometimes entertain them by going straight through a big mound of horse muck! Well I found it funny.

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Postby Username » 27 Sep 2017, 10:58pm

pwa wrote:
Username wrote:
timdownieuk wrote:A local part of the NCN 7 route that's much used by walkers, runners and cyclists has recently seen an increase in horse traffic, and the waste they leave behind.

Can horse riders legally use these cycle paths in Scotland? Obviously where the route uses public roads there's not a problem (legally) but the very things that make designated separate routes attractive to cyclists also attracts horse riders.



On the subject of waste being left behind, do horse riders get fined for horseshit? Dog owners get fined for not cleaning up after their dog, but dogs dont leave behind as big a mess, nor does dog mess typically pose a risk to 2 wheeled traffic on a busy road (motorcycles could slip on horseshit).


Which would you rather get on you. Dog poo or horse muck? The first is a potentially harmful stinking substance, the slightest trace of which can leave you clothes or shoes stinking. The second is relatively benign, and when the kids were little and went on the back of the tandem I would sometimes entertain them by going straight through a big mound of horse muck! Well I found it funny.


[inappropriate word removed] is [inappropriate word removed], and [inappropriate word removed] is nowt but absolutely disgusting what ever animal it comes from. Sometimes I ride past farms and the smell of manure makes me nauseous. I think its unacceptable for it to be left on a road. Its worse than littering IMO.

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Postby Username » 27 Sep 2017, 11:00pm

What the.? Why was a word removed from my previous post but not from my other post?

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Re: Legality of horses on Scottish cyclepaths?

Postby pwa » 28 Sep 2017, 8:42am

Username wrote:
pwa wrote:
Username wrote:

On the subject of waste being left behind, do horse riders get fined for horseshit? Dog owners get fined for not cleaning up after their dog, but dogs dont leave behind as big a mess, nor does dog mess typically pose a risk to 2 wheeled traffic on a busy road (motorcycles could slip on horseshit).


Which would you rather get on you. Dog poo or horse muck? The first is a potentially harmful stinking substance, the slightest trace of which can leave you clothes or shoes stinking. The second is relatively benign, and when the kids were little and went on the back of the tandem I would sometimes entertain them by going straight through a big mound of horse muck! Well I found it funny.


<i>[inappropriate word removed]</i> is <i>[inappropriate word removed]</i>, and <i>[inappropriate word removed]</i> is nowt but absolutely disgusting what ever animal it comes from. Sometimes I ride past farms and the smell of manure makes me nauseous. I think its unacceptable for it to be left on a road. Its worse than littering IMO.


It's part of the countryside. Unless you want your countryside sanitised to suit townies.

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Re: Legality of horses on Scottish cyclepaths?

Postby LollyKat » 28 Sep 2017, 10:42am

Last spring a couple of police horses went down our street and left their calling card at the end. I went out with a wheelbarrow and shovel and took it back for the compost heap. :D

I do find pig farms smell pretty nauseating - there used to be one near one of my regular rides and I had to change my route. But horses, cows and sheep are just part of the pleasant country aroma.