Horses & Equestrians
All trails in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area are open to equestrians. Seasonal closures will be in effect during the fall and winter months – the Rail Trail remains open year-round to horses.
Explore HCA on horseback and enjoy the areas in a whole different way. Horses are permitted in some HCA areas, and we ask that you familiarize yourself with the points below.
HCA areas are closed on a seasonal basis due to ice and the spring thaw and during this time it will be posted on HCA's website.
Where to go?
Horses are permitted on multi-use trails at Christie Lake, Dundas Valley and Westfield Heritage Village (please contact Westfield in advance to make arrangements for your visit).
Dundas Valley - Parking for horse trailers is available at the main Dundas Valley parking lot, located at 650 Governor’s Road. You'll also be able to enjoy the new day-use corrals in the main parking lot.
What can you expect?
- Inexperienced trail users who may not know what to do around horses or users who are intimidated by large horses.
What is your responsibility?
- Galloping on HCA trails is NOT permitted.
- When passing others, always pass in a single file at a walk.
- Manage your animals and don’t bring ‘green’ horses into HCA areas. Familiarize horses with expected trail encounters, such as; cyclists, dogs, strollers, etc.
- Negotiate safe passes.
- Greet users early. Hikers and cyclists should yield to horses, but many trail-users can be intimidated by horses or don't know what to do.
- Keep to the right of the trail.
- Expect the unexpected. Small children, animals and the elderly can be unpredictable or frightened by horses.
- Stay on trail at all times. Do not ride in mowed fields, into creek or stream beds or off designated trails.
- Kick or otherwise remove manure from the trail.