Horses in the countryside: conflict or cooperation?
Long, H. and Ravenscroft, N. (1993) Horses in the countryside: conflict or cooperation? Working Papers in Land Management & Development. 02/93. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp12.
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Recognising the growing significance of sport and recreation in the countryside, this paper seeks to examine the changing demand for, and supply of, opportunities for horse riding in the countryside. It considers the physical problems associated with horse riding, together with the changing social context. The paper considers possible solutions to the issues raised, both within existing rights of way legislation and via new opportunities created by the revisions to agricultural support that have occurred in the last decade. The paper concludes that while the new opportunities have ameliorated some of the problems associated with the supply of land for horse riding, no new rights of access have been conferred. The ability of horse riders to guarantee continued provision will be governed partially by the market but also by future agricultural support policy.
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