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Minimize Horse Impacts

The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.
      Chief Luther Standing Bear
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horseback leave no trace Horses have been used for transportation across our country for centuries before we began thinking of our impacts on the environment. Now, as an accepted mode of transportation into the wild areas, horsemen are asked to minimize their impacts similarly to hikers. Since a horse's hoof can exert up to 1500 pounds per square inch through a hard metal shoe, the potential destruction from horses is huge. Horsemen that modify their activities to help protect heavily used areas demonstrate their concern for a sustainable resource.

To minimize your impact when riding horse and using pack stock, follow the general seven LNT principles, plus consider these horse-specific principles:

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