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Rules of Conduct

Trail Rules of Conduct

Rules of Conduct ensure that TTA Members do not abuse the privilege of riding public and private lands.  Membership may be revoked at any time for violation of any of these Rules of Conduct.


1. All Riders MUST be members of the TTA.

2. Riders MUST WEAR A ASTM/SEI-CERTIFIED HELMET/HARD HAT with properly fitted chin strap and proper riding shoes/boots when riding the trails.

3. Membership identification tag must be visible to landowners at all times when riding the trails.  

4. Group riding is limited to a maximum of 6 horses.

5. Respect the rights of property owners whose lands we are permitted to ride. We are guests. When you meet landowners, please introduce yourself and thank them for allowing us to use their land.

6. Do not use any landowner's schooling facilities, jumps, rings, training tracks, playing fields, etc.

7. Be considerate of landowners' privacy. Keep voices down; WALK horses on any driveway or trail that passes close to a house or a pasture with livestock.

8. Remove or kick aside manure on driveways. Remove manure from parking areas.

9. If you must open a gate to pass through, be sure to close it behind you.

10. Minors MUST be accompanied by an adult. Parents are responsible for deciding if their children are experienced enough to ride the trails safely and are responsible for the child’s behavior and actions.


Website Rules of Conduct

We encourage everyone supporting TTA's mission to engage in the social media functionality of our website and join the conversation online. This policy sets out rules and guidelines for good practice and also what’s out of bounds. 


Rules for posting online  

  • Be transparent and don’t contribute anonymously. Use your real name.

  • Respect your audience. Don’t disparage fellow riders, volunteers, sponsors,  board members, readers and viewers.

  • When disagreeing with others’ opinions, keep it appropriate and polite.

  • Don’t post, publish or release information or content that is proprietary or confidential. This includes pictures and videos.

  • Don’t share personal information about anyone.

  • Do not post pictures of minors, private properties, and riders without a helmet/hard hat.

  • Keep the conversations within the realm of TTA's mission - Horses, Trails, Tewksbury and surrounding areas, Land preservation and our local community.

  • Be considerate and respectful. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior.

  • Unacceptable behavior includes offensive comments, deliberate intimidation , inappropriate pictures or videos. At its sole discretion TTA can remove posts and/or temporarily or permanently suspend site members, or report to law enforcement and release required information. 


Tips for posting online  

  • Posts are individual interactions, not corporate communications. Don’t just broadcast messages. Join the conversation.

  • Conversations are a two way street. Become part of the conversation: respond, contribute ideas, comment, encourage comments, re-tweet, share useful links.

  • Reply to comments in a timely manner, when a response is appropriate.

  • Know your audience. The more you know the better you can connect. Understand what they care about, what their interests are, why they’re reading what your writing.

  • When you post make it helpful, meaningful and interesting.

  • Think before you post. Pause and re-read it. Think about how it’ll be perceived. Imagine it plastered on a billboard. Realise it can be permanent.

  • If you’re about to publish something that makes you uncomfortable, don’t shrug it off and hit send. Review these guidelines and figure out what’s bothering you and fix it. 

  • Check and make sure the detail is right e.g. spelling is correct and links work.

  • Do us proud. Be sure content associated with you is consistent with your work and with our values and standards.

  • If you make a mistake, admit it, be upfront about it, correct it quickly and transparently (by leaving a note about what has changed.

  • Make sure you upload pictures in an propriate resolution so they can be fully enjoyed.

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