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Horse Owners Rein In Plan To Limit Trail Access

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New Hampshire park officials have dropped plans to limit horseback riding to hard-pack trails at least eight feed wide after hearing objections from scores of horse owners.

Also gone from the proposed regulations are rules that would ban horseback riding on state land, including state parks. Riders also won't have to remove horse manure from trails, but the proposed rules do ask that they make reasonable efforts to scatter manure off the trails.

The Concord Monitor reports that Hooksett Republican Sen. David Boutin — an advocate for horse owners — said riders worked with park officials to amend the proposed rules unveiled by the Department of Resources and Economic Development in September.

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