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Horse Trail Dos and Don'ts

The following rules are applicable to the horse trails at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center, Tradewinds Park & Stables, Tree Tops Park, and Vista View Park.

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Do

  • use designated equestrian areas only.
  • use designated horse-crossing areas to cross the road.
  • unload horse trailers in designated areas only.
  • clear equestrian field of all horse trailers 15 minutes prior to park closing.
  • wear helmets if under age 16. Florida law requires all horseback riders under 16 to wear a proper horseback-riding helmet.
  • show courtesy and respect to other riders.
  • be cautious about other horses on trails, especially when trotting or cantering. Bring your horse to a walk or halt if you encounter another horse on the trail.
  • use positive and humane methods when riding your horse.
  • notify a park official if you encounter any emergency situation, or in the event of a loose horse.
  • provide current proof of your horse's negative Coggins Test upon request.
  • make sure your horse has the temperament and training to ride on busy public trails.

Management has the right to prohibit or expel riders from the park if the rules are not followed, per Broward County Parks and Recreation Customer Code of Conduct.

Don't

  • conduct commercial activity trail rides or riding lessons unless approved in writing by park management.
  • walk as a pedcestrian on the horse trails or bring dogs, bicycles, or vehicles onto the horse trails - horses only.
  • ride horse on paved roads, or in any area with a "No Horses" sign - use only designated horse-crossing areas to cross the road.
  • bike, play ball, or fly kites in equestrian areas - horseback riding only.
  • ride near the shelters; stay in equestrian-designated areas only.
  • park additional vehicles in the equestrian field - vehicles pulling trailers only.
  • leave your horse unattended at any time, or tie your horse to a fence, tree, pavilion, or any other County park equipment, with the exception of designated hitching posts.
  • use alcoholic beverages on the horse trails.
  • gallop, race, or otherwise ride recklessly anywhere in the park or in Pine Island Ridge Natural Area.
  • canter around blind turns.
  • pass guided trail rides or Equine Assisted Therapies of South Florida riders without permission.
  • permit your horse to engage in aggressive behavior such as kicking, biting, rearing up, etc.
  • use excessive force or inhumane methods when riding or working with your horse.
  • overwork or overburden your horse.
  • leave horse manure in the field or parking lots; please pick up and dispose of properly.​
  • leave valuables in vehicles.
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