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  Juli, One of the things we learned at OVETS was never, never give up.  That
bit of advice came from the BCHA.   And from what they have accomplished, its
true grit that wins.  And who has more true grit than an endurance rider.  So
hang in there and never give up!!  Jerry
>We here in Jacksonville, Fl have an extensive Rails to Trails system. The 
>horse community here has fought long and hard to keep the horses involved in 
>the program.  However, anyone who has worked with any trail organization 
>knows how hard that is.  What we have right now is a beautiful walking/bike 
>trail that doesn't allow horses.  A horse trail is being planned (it should 
>have been done in conjunction with....), however, it's off to the side, and 
>if anyone know's florida, it's in the mud.  I know that we are working very 
>hard to get a good horse trail in that system, but it's hard.  At one point 
>in time, we were told that the money was for bike trails NOT horse trails.  
>One member of the committee (a competition long distance biker) told a
>of mine that horses weren't allowed on the trail because it's hooves would 
>damage the asphalt!!!!!  (The horse was barefoot at the time)  
>I have no problems sharing trails with anyone and everyone...if my horse 
>can't handle seeing bikers, backpackers, kids, etc on the trail, then he 
>doesn't need to be out there.  I go out of my way to be courteous and polite 
>while out riding.  However, I feel that the people sharing the trails with 
>horses need to have the same attitude.  I do not go galloping by a person on 
>a bike, and I conversly don't appreciate it when bikes go blasting by me at 
>full force.  That's asking to get someone hurt.
>Anyway, I think I'm preaching to the choir here, so I'll shut up and go
>Juli and Alpine the Wonder Pony (as in...I wonder when I'll get to ride you 
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