~ HTHC Trail Ride Guidelines & Safety Info. ~

* Membership in the Happy Trails Horse Club is open to horse owners over 18 years of age.

* All riders must be able to ride without the assistance of others.

* All horses must be free of infectious and contagious diseases.

* Horse Vaccinations – Please consult with your veterinarian as to the state required vaccinations for your horse, one month prior to the ride you are planning to participate in. West Nile Virus, Tetanus, Eastern/Western Equine
, Leptosporsis (for horses who drink from streams) and Vesicular Stomatitis vaccinations are highly recommended. The HTHC also highly RECOMMENDS that all member horses, and guest horses, participating in rides have proof of a negative Coggins Test in the last 12 months (and be prepared to show proof). A Rabies vaccinations is also REQUIRED for all horses participating in HTHC events.

* All RIDERS must have a valid MN Horse Trail Pass (click here for more info.) on their person, when we are using horse trails within Minnesota state parks, state recreation areas, state trails, and state forests.

* All HORSES must have a valid Three Rivers Horse Trail Pass (click HERE for more info.) on their HORSE, when we are riding trails within the Three Rivers Park system (which includes Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca, Murphy-Hanrehan, Crow-Hassan Park, Baker, Carver, and the Regional Trail - Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park to Elm Creek Park Reserve).

* You may not bring stallions, foals or horses younger than 3 years of age on trail rides, unless pre-approved by the *Happy Trails Horse Club* (HTHC) Organizer.

* Please do not bring a mount that does not mingle well with others. Keep in mind that this is not a place to train as there are many hazards around to expose a horse to. This is a time for enjoying yourself and your horse. It is not a good learning environment.

* Please be responsible for your horse at all times. Don’t leave horses in camp unattended.

* All animals will be treated humanely. The HTHC Organizer has the right to determine what is to be considered inhumane treatment.

* When tying in the vicinity of other horses, leave enough space between each animal so they don’t become tangled or kick each other. Only allow enough slack in the rope to give him the length to touch the ground beneath him with his nose.

* Do not crowd other horses while on the trail. Always keep a safe distance between you and other horses. Please be alert as to how your riding affects others.

* If you must stop on the trail, give those behind you some advance notice, then pull over to the side of the trail. It’s a good idea to have a buddy stay with you as your horse is more apt to remain calm.

* Please be aware that there will be riders with varied levels of horse and trail experience and horses with different levels of training. Do not let your horse crowd into other horses. Trotting or galloping up on or past other riders may upset other mounts. Be thoughtful. Let it be known that you would like to pass, wait for a wide spot in the trail, and pass quietly on the left. If your mount has even the slightest tendency to kick, please tie red flagging tape to his tail to make others aware (fyi - Stallions also require a yellow flag in their tails). Extend courtesies to all you meet along the trail. Be friendly to those you meet.

* No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs will be allowed during trail rides, or any HTHC events. Local law enforcement agencies will be notified should it be found that an individual is in possession of or using illegal drugs.

* No ATV, motorbike, moped or bicycle will be allowed on any HTHC trail riding event.

* LEASHED Dogs ARE allowed at some HTHC events (with HTHC Organizer's pre-approval), but NOT while riding the trail.

* To ride, you must be 12 years old or older. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied and chaperoned by a parent or guardian at all times. No minor will be left in camp unattended. The actions of said minors will be the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian. Minors are expected to adhere to any and all rules set forth.

* Most importantly ... please do your part in leaving an absolutely clean camp. Remember the Horseman’s
Creed: When I ride out of the mountains I’ll leave only hoof prints, take only memories.
Let’s all be conscientious and do the very best we can to keep our lands and trails beautiful and open to us to enjoy from horseback.

* Lastly ... Horse riding is a risk sport and handling horses can be potentially dangerous ... all members ride/participate in *Happy Trails Horse Club* (HTHC) events with the clear understanding that YOU RIDE/PARTICIPATE ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. All riders/participants must submit a signed liability release waiver and emergency contact information.

NOTICE: under Minn. Stat. 604A.12 the sponsor(s) of livestock activities are not liable for the injury or death of a participant, or a spectator in an unauthorized area, arising from the inherent risk of livestock activities. Inherent risk means the dangers arising from the propensity of livestock to behave in unpredictable ways, including kicking, biting, spooking in response to sound, sudden movement, unfamiliar objects, persons and other animals.

By joining the * Happy Trails Horse Club * you certify that you have read and agree with our "HTHC Trail Ride Guidelines & Safety Info." in accordance with the Electronic Records and Signatures in Commerce Act, Public Law 106-229.

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