Still no horses allowed the Tweetsie ...

Still no horses allowed the Tweetsie Trail

There are 126 comments on the WCYB story from Aug 25, 2014, titled Still no horses allowed the Tweetsie Trail. In it, WCYB reports that:

It will be open to hikers and bikers, but not to horseback riding, and that has some horse owners upset, they're asking -- why not? They've begun an online petition to get the cities and trail organizers to change their minds.

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no horses

Johnson City, TN

#1 Aug 28, 2014
ground pressure of a mountain bike is appx 40 psi -- The ground pressure for a pneumatic tire is roughly equal to its inflation pressure.

ground pressure of a M1 Abrams tank is 15 psi
ground pressure of a galloping horse? 500 psi

A walking human will exert more than double his standing pressure.
Walker

Johnson City, TN

#2 Aug 28, 2014
no horses wrote:
ground pressure of a mountain bike is appx 40 psi -- The ground pressure for a pneumatic tire is roughly equal to its inflation pressure.
ground pressure of a M1 Abrams tank is 15 psi
ground pressure of a galloping horse? 500 psi
A walking human will exert more than double his standing pressure.
No poop, no pee. Gee!
Gomer

Kingsport, TN

#3 Aug 29, 2014
no horses wrote:
ground pressure of a mountain bike is appx 40 psi -- The ground pressure for a pneumatic tire is roughly equal to its inflation pressure.
ground pressure of a M1 Abrams tank is 15 psi
ground pressure of a galloping horse? 500 psi
A walking human will exert more than double his standing pressure.
Are you high or something? All this talk about bike tires, tanks, horses, didn't you leave out lard asses on a mosey? Does the pressure on the trail mean anything? I mean really, it's not like a super highway prone to decay due to excessive weight. I live near the start of the trail and never have I seen more balding business prone old farts dressed in white long sleeve shirts milling around today, wearing sunglasses and looking for a media opportunity. Not to mention the well dressed gentry who blocked my damn driveway to get in on the scene.I don't care if they have a wagon train traveling on the trail. It's all hype and going nowhere. Face the facts, it's a way for the city to deprive the citizens of adjacent land from reclaiming their land due to easement.
jarun

Kingsport, TN

#4 Aug 29, 2014
Horses don't belong on the trail, riders are not at all trail friendly and it would be unsafe for everyone, the trail should be only for walkers , running and bikes,
Cathe

Johnson City, TN

#5 Aug 29, 2014
I think compromise might be good..horses and wagon rides one day a week! Offering wagon rides might bring in some people that cannot walk , seniors etc. At a reasonable cost it might generate more interest in the trail, just a thought,,,

Since: Aug 14

Johnson City, TN

#6 Aug 29, 2014
I don't think horses need to be allowed on trails anyways. why would you always have to avoid stepping horse shit, it will not make the trail look maintained pretty at all. imagine the smell of walking past horse shit. uck!
nervous

Knoxville, TN

#7 Aug 29, 2014
I don't think horses should be allowed on the trail. The trail is in a residential area along highways etc. I have personally witnessed so called gentle horses go a little crazy and do not believe it is safe. I for one am sick of running upon a horse or dog while trying to walk the Appalachian trail also. No dog should be in public areas without a leash, I am sick of hearing from the owners "oh, he won't bite". I for one am apprehensive around dogs I am not familiar with and become extremely nervous which the damn dog senses and makes the situation worse.
Whistling Homer

Kingsport, TN

#8 Aug 29, 2014
nervous wrote:
I don't think horses should be allowed on the trail. The trail is in a residential area along highways etc. I have personally witnessed so called gentle horses go a little crazy and do not believe it is safe. I for one am sick of running upon a horse or dog while trying to walk the Appalachian trail also. No dog should be in public areas without a leash, I am sick of hearing from the owners "oh, he won't bite". I for one am apprehensive around dogs I am not familiar with and become extremely nervous which the damn dog senses and makes the situation worse.
I agree. Horses are just too jumpy to be in a crowd and unleashed dogs are a menace. Pedestrians, bicycles and motorized wheel chairs should be the limit. If you can afford a pleasure horse, you should be able to acquire a place to ride it, not in a public thoroughfare. I am truly impressed with the opening of the trail and it seems to be much more than I anticipated. I figured it was just going to be an old gravel runway, but it seems to be well planned. I wonder about starting a rickshaw service! It's not exactly a hayride, but sounds like fun.
no horse or dogs

Johnson City, TN

#9 Aug 30, 2014
nervous wrote:
I don't think horses should be allowed on the trail. The trail is in a residential area along highways etc. I have personally witnessed so called gentle horses go a little crazy and do not believe it is safe. I for one am sick of running upon a horse or dog while trying to walk the Appalachian trail also. No dog should be in public areas without a leash, I am sick of hearing from the owners "oh, he won't bite". I for one am apprehensive around dogs I am not familiar with and become extremely nervous which the damn dog senses and makes the situation worse.
Exactly my thoughts. A leashed dog can bite, too. My husband was attacked by a leashed dog while he was jogging because the dogs owner failed to control his animal. Ripped off part of his calf. I see too many people trying to walk dogs and they do not have them under control at all. Most of them don't pick up after the dogs either. I think only service dogs should be allowed. Animals are too unpredictable.
Fed Up

Bean Station, TN

#10 Aug 30, 2014
No horses! Period!
BusyBill

Kingsport, TN

#11 Aug 30, 2014
Cathe wrote:
I think compromise might be good..horses and wagon rides one day a week! Offering wagon rides might bring in some people that cannot walk , seniors etc. At a reasonable cost it might generate more interest in the trail, just a thought,,,
Yep, a wagon ride just might be the thing to set the trail apart from the others! Great idea. I think one day a week it could be tolerated.
sure

Lenoir, NC

#12 Aug 31, 2014
no horse or dogs wrote:
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Exactly my thoughts. A leashed dog can bite, too. My husband was attacked by a leashed dog while he was jogging because the dogs owner failed to control his animal. Ripped off part of his calf. I see too many people trying to walk dogs and they do not have them under control at all. Most of them don't pick up after the dogs either. I think only service dogs should be allowed. Animals are too unpredictable.
leashed or not what idiot would run past a strange dog????????.i bet he learned his lesson not to run past dogs hahaha.i do agree dogs shouldn't be allowed on the trail for the simple facts of people like your husband who won't go to the track to run.
Fed Up

Bean Station, TN

#13 Aug 31, 2014
Dogs will stay, you urban cowboys can take a hike. Along with your horses.
jon

Lenoir, NC

#14 Aug 31, 2014
"fed up" your dog will stay until it attacks me then it's a dead dog.
f off

Johnson City, TN

#15 Aug 31, 2014
sure wrote:
<quoted text>leashed or not what idiot would run past a strange dog????????.i bet he learned his lesson not to run past dogs hahaha.i do agree dogs shouldn't be allowed on the trail for the simple facts of people like your husband who won't go to the track to run.
Yeah, he learned a lesson, next time beat the shit out of the idiot who let the dog get away from him and attacked him way over on the grass. It's fools like yourself who are incompetent owners who think their dogs have a right to be anywhere they want to. A dog is only privileged to use public spaces when accompanied and controlled by their owners. When a person is walking down the sidewalk get the f*ck out of the way. It's not our responsibility to get over, it's yours. Next time a dog comes near me it's gonna get a face full of mace.
f off

Johnson City, TN

#16 Aug 31, 2014
And it wouldn't have been so funny, haha if this would have happened to a child since it was right in front of the elementary school.
sure

Lenoir, NC

#17 Aug 31, 2014
f off wrote:
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Yeah, he learned a lesson, next time beat the shit out of the idiot who let the dog get away from him and attacked him way over on the grass. It's fools like yourself who are incompetent owners who think their dogs have a right to be anywhere they want to. A dog is only privileged to use public spaces when accompanied and controlled by their owners. When a person is walking down the sidewalk get the f*ck out of the way. It's not our responsibility to get over, it's yours. Next time a dog comes near me it's gonna get a face full of mace.
no he never learned his lesson ........only an ignorant idiot would run past any strange dog period. if your husband want's to run that bad haul him to the track that's what it's for.
sure

Lenoir, NC

#18 Aug 31, 2014
f off wrote:
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Yeah, he learned a lesson, next time beat the shit out of the idiot who let the dog get away from him and attacked him way over on the grass. It's fools like yourself who are incompetent owners who think their dogs have a right to be anywhere they want to. A dog is only privileged to use public spaces when accompanied and controlled by their owners. When a person is walking down the sidewalk get the f*ck out of the way. It's not our responsibility to get over, it's yours. Next time a dog comes near me it's gonna get a face full of mace.
hell i would say any kid has more sense than your husband to run past a strange dog. didn't he learn that as a child.
sure

Lenoir, NC

#19 Aug 31, 2014
did he think he could out run the dog as he was taunting it hahaha.
Watchtower

Bean Station, TN

#20 Aug 31, 2014
jon wrote:
"fed up" your dog will stay until it attacks me then it's a dead dog.
And you will be a disabled person, just touch my dog and find out buddy.

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