Trail Tips and Etiquette

  • Horses are fear and flight creatures; when scared, their first tendency is to run. Let your horse see and slowly approach and sniff that “horse eating” plastic bag, banner, whatever…
  • Cars should yield to bikers, hikers, horses. Bikers yield to hikers and horses. Hikers yield to horses. Be ready in event that car, biker, or hiker does not yield.
  • Stay to the right on the trail. Pass on the left.
  • When approaching a horse ahead, announce your presence in a friendly voice to the rider ahead.
  • Announce your intention if you are going to pass on the left.
  • Never gallop or lope up to a horse from behind; slow to a walk and announce your presence.
  • Observe normal trail speed which is a walk.
  • Announce your presence to bikers, hikers, and runners; they may have their ear buds in and/or be zoned out, totally oblivious to your presence.
  • Do not allow your horse to touch its nose to the rear of a horse ahead; this is an invitation to get kicked.
  • If the horse ahead has a red ribbon in its tail, give plenty of room to its side and rear; the ribbon means it is a potential kicker.
  • Obey all trail signs and postings.
  • Respect private property as you would want others to respect your property.
  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Be friendly to other bikers, hikers, riders … you are an equestrian ambassador for good manners.
  • Carry your cell phone on you, not attached to the saddle; you don’t want your horse taking off with your cell phone.
  • In case of an emergency call 911.
  • If your horse is having a really bad day and is about to throw a fit, dismount and lead.
  • Know and respect your horse’s limitations.
  • Do not litter, due to constant fire danger.
  • Do not smoke; it is prohibited in the Bosque because of fire danger.
  • Stay on the trail; shortcuts cause erosion.
  • Avoid riding when trails are wet, muddy, or icy; proceeding under these conditions could result in accidents as well as potential trail damage.
  • If you encounter someone who is angry, argumentative, or upset, do not engage with them; Immediately ride to a safe spot and call 911 if necessary.
  • Do enjoy a great day with your horse and others. Enjoy the beauty of the trail and the wildlife.
  • Be a true Equestrian Ambassador in the Village of Corrales, Horse Capital of New Mexico.


Make sure:

  • Trailer tires and brakes are inspected by a professional to determine that they are safe.
  • Your hitch safety latch is securely locked and the jack is fully raised.
  • Safety chains are in place.
  • Lights and turn signals work.
  • Tires and spare are properly inflated.
  • Door latches work properly.
  • External mirrors are adjusted.

Have with you:

  • Water for you and your horse.
  • First aid kit.
  • Horse fly spray, mosquito spray for you, lip balm, sun screen.
  • Fork and plastic leaf bag for picking up manure at trailer parking area.
  • Hay feeder bag for horse if tied to trailer for very long.
  • Brush, comb, hoof pick, and horse treats if desired.

When parking, be sure to:

  • Not block any driveway or access way.
  • Park in the area where other horse trailers are parked.
  • Choose a parking spot where you are least likely to get blocked in or sandwiched by another vehicle so you can easily leave when you want.