In this way, conflicts can be avoided

A good relationship between knights and cultivators can be built on good manners, mutual understanding, tolerance, stated desires and legal requirements. Here are some tips.

Talk to the farmer

“I have nothing to stop the horses running in my field,” many farmers say. But it is important for them to follow some rules. This includes, for example, the lack of cultivated cultivated areas, which is not always easy to see. For example, what looks like a deceptive hayfield can be deceptive. Thanks to mulching and no-till machines, it’s not always possible to tell if something is actually growing in an area.

Search for the conversation

With short explaining conversations, the riders are always on the safe side. If the farmer of the area is unknown: it is better to stay away from the area, because the hay field is also private property.

Whether it’s permission to ride in the field or a matter of “traffic training” with the tractor on the farm: With a polite farmer question and a small thank you after training in conditions, the riders are definitely on the right track.

flower ribbons taboo

Farmers do not produce harvested produce on flower ribbons at the edges of fields, these ribbons serve a biodiversity purpose. Outside the breeding and settling season and in the winter, when there are only a few insects in the strips, they invite you for a ride. But beware: it is not permissible to walk on the ribbons of flowers or walk on them if they are promoted in this way.

By Anne Katherine Steenkamp, ​​EU Payment Agency, Finance, LWK NRW

In our area, many segments of flowers, the width of which range from 3 to 5 meters, are cut or mulched. Now we like to ride it in the fall and also in the winter, after all there is no breeding …

Regular use as a bridle track can jeopardize the biodiversity-promoting function and is therefore not allowed, say experts from the Chamber of Agriculture. If you still ride here, it can be expensive for the farmer.

Only with safe horses

Especially in the harvest season, time is often short for farmers. As a general rule, of course work should be planned in such a way that it is not a problem to slowly overtake the horses or wait a short time. Farmers and contractors often complain about unsafe horses on the road, “but it’s annoying when riders steal our already meager time in their leisure activities.”

Farmers sympathize less with riders who continue to ride comfortably despite the tractor being driven behind them and only give way too late: “Field trails are primarily there so we can get to our fields — not so the riders can have fun there. If They are both considerate of each other, it will not be a problem to get past each other.”

tram ride

Soil is the rarest and most valuable resource in agriculture. Therefore, farmers attach great importance to its protection and preservation of the soil structure. Wide tires and low tire pressure mean that the ground pressure of modern tractors is often less than 1 kg / cm2. Depending on weight and walking, the ground pressure of horses is much higher than this value.

Soil experts say that because horses’ hooves only hold soil in a very small area, riding over a dry litter field is rarely a problem. At least in wet weather or frequent riding, riders should use already compressed tram lines.

Do not graze in the pastures

In addition to the hay fields, the fresh green meadows are also popular destinations for cyclists. In consultation with the director there is nothing to be said against it. “But horse droppings on pastures are a big problem,” the dairy farmers say.

But why is horse and dog droppings a problem when farmer manure is supposed to be a valuable compost? On the one hand, this is due to the deadline: Farmers fertilize their lawn several weeks before the next cut so that the manure can safely seep into the soil. On the other hand, solid compost takes longer to sink under the lawn. The result is the presence of droppings in the feed, which can cause diseases in the livestock herd.

Residue removal

Every rider knows it: Before you notice it, the horse raises its tail and lets the apple fall. Attempting to steer the saddled horse to the side of the track with the help of the active leg in a way that it does not speed directly on the road, usually fails the bridle path or forest path.

Then the pile lies there and encourages resentment among pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users. Therefore, it is not only good manners for a rider to remove the legacy of his horse. Depending on where the heap is located, it is also a duty. Horse droppings can pose a risk of accidents on public roads and trails.

According to the Road Traffic Act (StVO), “it is prohibited to damage or wet the road or bring objects on the road or leave them there if they would endanger or impede traffic. Any person responsible for such traffic-contradictory conditions must remove them on the spot (Article 32 “Traffic Obstacles”).

In the end, the rider must weigh whether he is endangering himself and his horse when he descends and removes dung from the road – for example in the corner area or because the horse is turned away. Then he can continue riding like this. But later he should remove the heap.

Minimum distance when overtaking

A horse can suddenly shy away, for example, if a car passes it quickly and at a short distance. If a cyclist, motorist or machine operator overtakes a rider in traffic, a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters from the horse must be maintained.

Horseshoe brings bad luck

If the horse loses a shoe, the rider begins “looking for said needle in the haystack.” The iron is located somewhere in the meadow or field. Eventually, it is either plowed up, trapped in a mower, rotary tide, rake, or picked up on a silage trailer the following year and damaged. Or put horseshoes or broken metal in the feed. If the cow swallows it, it may die from the foreign metal object.

In the worst case, a horseshoe can become slammed – just like a stone or a loose connecting nail.

Mobile phone and beer in the saddle

Talking on the phone while riding or riding with two or three beers? StVO regulations also apply to riders. Just like using a cell phone while driving, cell phone use on horseback is prohibited. According to Article 28 of StVO, riders are only allowed to make phone calls using a hands-free device on a horse. “In the event of an accident and it turns out that the passenger has typed on his cell phone while riding, this can lead to significant claims of liability,” lawyer Sandra Bowman wrote in the legal blog “”.

It also advises not to sit on the horse under the influence of alcohol. “The jockey must have the horse under control at all times.” If an accident occurs while under the influence of alcohol, the driver’s license can be revoked from the passenger. “

I have a driver’s license

The NRW Nature Conservation Act requires you to wear a riding badge. These are available from counties and metropolitan areas. Riding fees are appropriated and used, among other things, for the construction and maintenance of bridle tracks and for renting field shoulders. Should riders cause damage, owners can request a refund.

Read more:

Regulations in NRW for passengers

from dr. Anna Forsbühl, Lawyer, Monster

Riding in the NRW is a tricky subject: there are no simple, uniform rules. Section 58 of the state’s Nature Conservation Act is important.

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