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    Thanksgiving weekend horse event damages Sea Otter XC Course

    The annual Thanksgiving weekend "Desert Gold" horse event caused heavy damage on many Fort Ord Trails (both county-owned and BLM.) Trails 50 and 82 as used in the current Sea Otter XC course suffered a lot of damage as the horse event continued during the rain.

    If the Monterey Downs Horse Park development is approved and built, this will be the norm for Fort Ord trails not the exception. As it stands now, the trails will recover during the Winter…but if the Horse Park is built, what will so many 1,000lb + animals do to the trails on a daily basis? This constant trail damage would be in addition to the wildlife and habitat loss caused by the massive residential and commercial development.

    Trail Damage Photos:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Say-No...21023104587736

    Please get involved if you value the future of the Sea Otter and this beautiful and unique Habitat.

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    Contact the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. Especially District 4 Supervisor Parker

    http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/cob/supervisor.htm

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    Hoof prints in the sand, is that a big deal? Up here the horses create mud holes deeper than knee-high rubber boots.

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    I don't know for sure, but the OP can probably confirm this, but what you are probably looking at is trail that used to be hardpacked trail. When the horses go over it, the hardpack is pulverized into sand and that is the real damage. It just ends up looking like hoof prints in sand.
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    I met a local mountain biker, "Mark", recently while riding the course and he brings in tools to maintain the trails himself regularly. He said the horse riding group/event organizers were supposed to follow after their event with some maintenance but they failed to do much of anything. I really appreciate those out there, such as this guy, willing to donate their time and energy so the rest of the public can benefit and enjoy everything the area has to offer. Thanks!
    Jason Morvay

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    FYI, can't even tell this horse event even happened...

    let it roll... just sayin...

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    Why, those photos are painful to look at!
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