Horseback riders at Kennesaw Mountain lack responsibility
June 22, 2013 11:47 PM | 2060 views | 6 6 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print

As a frequent hiker on the Kennesaw Mountain trails, I would like to ask users of that wonderful trail system several questions:

How many times have you ever seen a candy wrapper or trash on the trails? Almost never.

How many times have you come across dog poo? Very rarely and usually it is in a bag which the owner picks up on the way back to their car.

How many times have you come to an 18-inch wide section of the trail only to find 30 lbs. of horse droppings dead center in the trail? About every 1,000 feet. These people have no respect for the rest of us that use and tend to the trails. They use them as an extension of their commercial enterprise, pay no user fees and don’t have the common courtesy to clean up after themselves.

To Ms. Green, if you can afford a six-acre horse farm, you can afford a shovel. Get off your horse and pick up after yourself like the rest of us.

Robert Maynard


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Freja von Otto Austi
October 05, 2013
I would say that the Kennesaw Mountain trails are plenty big enough and wide enough for everybody to enjoy! I know when I leave that park after a nice ride on my horse, I feel so wonderful and so grateful to have such a beautiful place to enjoy my sport.

I would think that you, Mr jogger would feel the same instead of leaving with

such negativity you have to feel you need to post this comment! In the whole perspective it is the most ridiculous thought to have to go to the trouble in doing!! mentioning it how silly and petty! So very sorry for the

Trouble you're having to endure avoiding all thepooped heard that you have to hop over my goodness
July 07, 2013
A true test of character is what you do when nobody is watching. Leave the trails as they were when you entered them, and we will all be happy.
Scat Man
June 25, 2013
"How many times have you come across dog poo?"

I have led many a clean up day with scouts at the park and I can say dog owners do indeed bag up after their dogs. I know because we find LITERALLY hundreds of bags about 20-30 feet off the trails where they've been chucked/flung/tossed into the woods.

It's like a dog doo Easter egg hunt. Pink, white, blue, green and yellow little bags filled with dishonesty and disregard.

THAT'S why you don't see them.

Road apples on a horse trail are to be expected.

No Sympathy
June 24, 2013
If YOU are going to choose to hike on a HORSE-trail – be prepared to step in horse-doo.
Encouraging Ms.Green
June 24, 2013
I agree. If your going to run or hike on HORSE TRAIL you should expect to come across horse doo. There are many trails off limits to horses, silver comet trail, maybe you should stay on those, then you would'nt have to worry about horse droppings. There aren't many places to trail ride. I think hickers and joggers should have more respect for trail ridders, such as warning the ridder that they are coming up from behind them and keeping their hands off the horses as they pass by. This puts them in danger as well as the ridder.

Further more I want to address your statement about how horses are being used. Mrs. Green uses her horses to educate children. Her program has taught my daughter many things including respect, maybe you should sign up!

keep up the good work Mrs. Green..we need more people in the world like you!
Poop Jumping Good 4U
June 24, 2013
Don't you know that horse manure is a natural fertilizer! A little horse poop never hurt anyone..get a little more excercise jumping the piles while you are hiking :-)
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