Wow, yeah I would be fine walking or on a bike ... but not on a horse. I am surprised they say it is even open to horses, it seems like it would be difficult to pass cyclists as narrow as it is. I would be too afraid that somewhere in the middle of that bridge my horse would spook at a bike and I would go down down down down... Yeah, I'll pass. But now I want to go bike it!
Looks like a cool park. I would be a little hesitant about the bridge as I am afraid of heights. I think I could do it if it was shorter. The other thing is the apparent disorganization of direction and different types of users. It looked like in the video that people were just walking or biking on either side and passing on both sides. Maybe some rules for use would be a good idea. I looked further at the park info and you can access the trail at multiple areas, so you could ride a good portion of the trail without actually having to go across the bridge.
Whats the problem?
You guys need to cross some of the Suspension bridges over the Salmon River in Idaho. If you want to get your horse across the river, You go across the bridge, no other choice. I guess you could swim across. They are built for hikers and horses, Not stong enough to support a car. With a roaring river underneath, now that will get your blood pumping.
Well, Painted Horse, I might not be riding those trails either! But those bridges scare me a little less because they don't seem as high or long. They give me the perception that I *might* survive a fall over the side or at least be able to scramble to the edge.
I got a great chuckle over this. We live just outside Farmville and have been discussing the opening of the bridge. Sorry but there is sooo much foot, bike, jogger, dog walker traffic on the High Bridge Trail close to town that I wouldn't trust even my bomb proof horse to be led over that bridge.However outside of the town area I hear that the trail is really nice to ride.
I agree with oldpony66. I'm all for adventure, but I'd take the suspension bridges over the one on the video! What in the world would you do when your horse had a complete meltdown and you were 1000' from either end?!? No thanks!
I'd have no problem riding a good horse over that bridge but as someone else pointed out the issue is everything else on the bridge..the cyclists were zipping along and coming up on a horse fast, could easily panic one. I'd try to choose a time when it was not busy to go.
This bridge is over the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The mule trains cross it to get to Phantom Ranch. I posted these on another thread no long ago but these first two photos were taken by a tourist who we met up with later at Phantom Ranch who sent us the pics. My husband and I are on the last two mules...the chestnut and the cream.
and the bridge isn't swaying.
i remember looking at that swinging bridge they cross at Tevis and thinking that's where i'd be turning around. unless there a wildfire raging behind us, no way would i be putting my horse on anything like that. CRAZY!
That op bridge would be awesome to walk or cycle across, as would the bridges. With one of my previous horses riding across would be no problem, with or without the other traffic. The current horse, though, I don't think it would be a sensible thing to ask. He might be ok - might not - I don't like the odds. If it were short I'd be more inclined to say he would be fine, but that length is a lot of opportunity for horse to think of something goofy.
There is a similar bridge here in Georgia on the Silver Comet Trail, but I don't know if that particular bridge/section of the trail is open to horseback:
Pumpkinville Trestle : Located at mile marker 23, Pumpkinvine Trestle is one of the must-see sights on the trail. The trestle was built in 1901 and restored for trail use in 1999. It is over 750 feet long and is a marvel to view and affords beautiful views of the valley below. There are rest stops on either side of the trestle, and they're often adorned with colorful flowers. This makes a great resting spot.