Rules and Regulations

All members and guests are required to abide by the following rules and regulations.

  1. Membership is open to everyone, but if membership demand warrants, restrictions may have to be implemented. Membership is good for one year, January 1 – December 31. No pro-rating of dues is allowed.
  2. Hours: Sunrise to sunset when trail is open; please check website BEFORE coming to use trail, especially after heavy rain or snow. We can’t permit horses on the trails if they are muddy. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see the horse’s hoof prints on the trail, it is not okay to ride that day. Hikers will be permitted even on non-horse days unless it is really muddy.
  3. Parking allowed in designated areas only using the proper diagram so that we maximize use of the space. Horse owners are responsible for policing parking area of horse manure. BE SURE AND LOCK ALL TRAILERS AND CARS. BA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOST, DAMAGED OR STOLEN PROPERTY.
  4. Respect the rights of the property owners whose lands we are permitted to ride or hike. Be considerate; keep your voice down.
  5. DO NOT remove plants, rocks, flowers, animals or ANY item from the trails. Never personally contact landowners. Be respectful of livestock.
  6. Ride or walk the BA Trails ONLY; no walking allowed on farm land or off the marked trail. Hikers may “jog” the trail where it is safe to do so, but this is not meant to be a running trail and you do so at your own risk. Any hikers or runner encountering horses going either way are to stop, move aside, and let the horses pass.
  7. Observe all trail signs. Do not drink alcoholic beverages, litter, smoke, camp, or start a campfire. If you choose to eat, please takeALL trash with you, biodegradable or not. Please be advised, we do not at this point in time have any bathroom facilities.
  8. Practice safe horsemanship; maintain control of your horse at all times. Treat others with respect and consideration. Walk (left to left) when approaching other riders or hikers on the trail, around fence lines and on areas with poor footing.
  9. HUNTING – September 1 – January 31. Refer to BA Trails website, www.brownsboroalliance.org for postings during this time period. Landowner’s may temporarily post restrictions on usage of trails during particular hunting seasons. BA Trail members are prohibited from hunting while on the trails.
  10. Leave all gates in the position you find them.
  11. MEMBERS must obtain a properly executed Guest Release Agreement (available at trailhead or website) and return it to BA by mail or place it in the trailhead mailbox PRIOR to trail use. No commercial use of the trails of any type is permitted. MEMBERS ARE LEGALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR GUESTS, including any liability or damages to landowners resulting from any accident, injury, loss or damage, including death. Local residents may only ride once per month as any member’s guest. MEMBERS MUST ACCOMPANY THEIR GUESTS AT ALL TIMES AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GUEST’S COMPLIANCE WITH THE RULES. Guests must carry a current Coggins test results for any horse they are riding or have a picture of it on their cell phone.
  12. A ribbon must be attached to tail of horse that kicks. NO stallions allowed. Always display your BA identification. It should be worn in plain sight. Always show your BA identification on the request of a landowner or steward. Boarding stable operators are responsible for ensuring that boarders using the trails join BA as riding members.
  13. Riders, cross bridges single file and one at a time.
  14. Walkers, let horses pass. Make yourself visible so as not to frighten horses.
  15. No motorized vehicles or bicycles of any type are permitted on the trails.
  16. Dogs allowed on leash ONLY with hikers; no dogs with horses. Pick up after your dog.
  17. Each rider is responsible for their actions and those of their horse. Ignorance of the rules does not release the rider or walker of the responsibility should an accident occur. Riders should carry a copy of their horses’ current Coggins test with them while on the trails.
  18. Approved safety helmets are strongly recommended for all riders, and required for those under 16 years of age.
  19. No riders under the age of 10. Child riders must be accompanied at all times by their parent or official guardian.
  20. This trail is not for beginners. All riders must be experienced, and horses must be able to handle an intermediate level trail.
  21. BA relies upon volunteer work to maintain the trails. All members are required to donate a minimum of five (5) hours of volunteer work to help in this effort every year. If a member chooses not to perform volunteer work, then an additional $100 per member (riding or hiking) will be added to dues upon renewal. The cost of dues is subject to change. Increases will be communicated to members no less than 30 days before the renewal date of January 1 each year.
  22. All laws of general applicability must be complied with. VIOLATIONS: Violations of these Rules may result in a warning, suspension or termination of BATA membership, at the sole discretion of the BA Board of Directors.