The first weekend in October, members of the Squaw Butte Backcountry Horsemen gathered to clear trails at Boiling Springs, north of Crouch. Four riders and six horses set out on the steep, narrow Wet Foot trail. Part of the way up the trail, we heard dirt bikes coming our way. We watched as a young biker raced down the slope, quickly approaching our group. Our first rider motioned for the biker to turn around to avoid spooking the horses. The person stopped, but never did turn off his engine. Instead, he revved his bike and spun 180 degrees, slinging dirt toward the lead rider as he raced back up the trail. The rider’s horse horse spooked, causing her to fall and hit her head. Even though she was wearing a helmet, she suffered an instant headache and dizziness. The teenager’s belligerent behavior could have resulted in several injuries and possibly death of riders and horses. The young man was riding a green Kawasaki and wearing bright yellow clothing. If you know this person or you are a parent, please explain proper multiuse trail etiquette. It just might prevent an emergency call to Life Flight.
Lou Ann Gaskell, Meridian
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