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Horsing around on beaches

Coromandel Peninsula | Wed August 09, 2017

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On the Coromandel we are lucky to be able to take our best animal buddies down to the beach. Whether your buddy is a dog or a horse, nothing beats exercise time enjoying the sand and the surf on our pristine beaches.

There are, however, a few rules involved with having a horse on a beach or other public place.

The Activities in Public Places Bylaw comes into force on 1 September 2017, and has sections aimed at making sure animals like horses and stock don’t disrupt the enjoyment of other beach users.

Here are a few things to remember when taking your horse down to the beach for some fun:

You can ride your horse into, on or over a public place (including beaches) if it is safe to do so and you aren’t causing a nuisance to other users. A crowded beach in the height of summer probably isn’t the best time for a canter.
Share the space and remember not everyone loves your horse as much as you do, give other people room and consider using the beach when there are fewer people about.
Make sure that you have control of your horse at all times, it won’t do to have him wander off and start to eat someone’s hat.
Pick up any ‘deposits’ your horse might make, dog owners have to do it, so do you.
Obey the road rules – if you are taking your horse on the road to get to the beach, you will need to obey the rules of the road. This will ensure your and your horse’s safety as well as that of other road users.

There are some reserves where horses aren't allowed, so please be on the look out for the 'No Horses' signs.

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