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May 2010

posted 22 May 2010, 13:20 by Rochdale & Bury Bridleways Association   [ updated 21 Jan 2012, 12:37 ]

Dear All

Good news all the way this month....

Bridleway News

·         Lea Holme

The wall behind Lea Holme Farm has now been taken down, there is just a fence now blocking this route so hopefully it should be open soon.  Gwen and Joan have spent some time clearing rubbish from the top end of the path and are going to put some weed killer down on the nettles to make sure the route is clear.  It shouldn’t be long down before this is open.

·         Ashworth Concessionary

Ashworth Concessionary is now officially OPEN!!  There was a walk at the beginning of May to show people the route.  Nigel Morrell has kindly been down and cleared a pathway to the stream we have to cross.  Please be aware that if you don’t know the route it would be advisable to go with someone who does know it first.  As part of this route is a conservation area, we’ll be in trouble if any damage is caused.  Route markers are going to be put up shortly (orange horseshoes the same as Greenbooth).  The same rules apply as with Greenbooth, vests must be worn and there is definitely no cantering allowed (even though it might be very tempting in places).


·         Heap Road

No update, I had an email from the borough solicitor about two weeks ago to say she would confirm what was happening but I’ve heard nothing so far.

50/50 Members’ Draw

 The 50/50 draw was won by Lynne Larcombe – she got £67.50 and the same amount went into bridleways funds.

 Dates for Your Diary

 ·         Monday, 24th May

A week early due to bank holiday.  Bev Beresford show judge will be talking about show preparation etc. and giving us an inside view.  8.30 pm at The Pack Horse.

·         Tuesday, 1st June

Path clearance at Broadhalgh.  The bridleway that goes up the side of the Golf Course, adjacent to Taylor Park is in desperate need of some work.  Meet at Taylor Avenue at 7.00 pm.

·         Tuesday, 15th June

Path clearance at Meadowcroft Mills – again the far end of this path is getting very overgrown.  Meet at Woodgate Avenue (near where the caravan is parked) at 7.00 pm.

Saturday 19th June

Norden Carnival... once again we are hoping to get a group together to walk in the carnival.  Hopefully Bev will take Kooga again as he was the star of last year’s carnival and won us the best walking group award.  So if you fancy joining in the theme is film characters.  There is an obvious one and I AM NOT being the back end!!!!!

·         Sunday, 20th June

Picnic ride around Cowm Reservoir in Whitworth.  Meeting at 10.30 am at the top of Woodhouse Lane or any other point further on.

·         Monday 28th June

We are hoping to have someone from Horsewatch but this has still to be confirmed.

·         Monday, 26th July

Chris Peat will be talking about the Mary Towneley Loop.  Chris has written a book about it and it describes it in detail.

 Golf Course

 The muddy part of the track just below the golf course has been improved.  This work was done by Rob Naylor with the council’s agreement and cost us £250 + VAT.  Money well spent I think you’ll agree.


·         We had a great turnout for the Boxing Day ride on Easter Sunday.  There were approximately 25 riders set off and we had a nice lunch at The Pack Horse.

·         Penny Ridley gave an interesting talk in March about the BHS Riding & Road Safety test.  This has now started and the people involved are busy working towards the exam.

 ·         Peter Duggan a saddler from Harleskye Saddlery gave a talk about making and fitting saddles and had lots of samples of saddles and stuffing and leather at various stages of the saddle making process.

Thefts in the Area

We have had reports of a number of thefts in the area, the most recent being a couple of weeks ago when a trailer went from somewhere in Royton.  Please be on your guard.

Highway Code

Did you know that the Highway Code now supports riders riding two abreast… it states:

“Horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles. Be particularly careful of horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles especially when overtaking. Always pass wide and slowly. Horse riders are often children, so take extra care and remember riders may ride in double file when escorting a young or inexperienced horse or rider. Look out for horse riders’ and horse drivers’ signals and heed a request to slow down or stop. Take great care and treat all horses as a potential hazard; they can be unpredictable, despite the efforts of their rider/driver.

“Please remember though, that as responsible road users, on bends etc you should ride as much as possible in single file.”




If you haven’t visited our website for a while take a look.  Gill Morrell has been busy developing it and there is now loads of information and pictures on there.  Keep up-to-date with what’s going on.


Joke Alert


I should probably apologise for this in advance but here goes...

One day a man passed by a farm and saw a beautiful horse.  Hoping to buy the animal, he said to the farmer: "I think your horse looks pretty good, so I'll give you £500 for him."
"He doesn't look so good, and he's not for sale," the farmer said.
The man insisted, "I think he looks just fine and I'll up the price to £1,000."
"He doesn't look so good," the farmer said, "but if you want him that much, he's yours."
The next day the man came back raging mad. He went up to the farmer and screamed, "You sold me a blind horse. You cheated me!"
The farmer calmly replied, "I told you he didn't look so good, didn't I?"

Hints & Tips

Now its summer we all want our horses to look nice... here are some tips to help your horsey look nice and save you a few pennies too...

·         Alternate using main/tail conditioner with a cheap bottled water.  Don’t use tap water as this has chlorine in it and that will dry the hair. 

·         A recipe for coat sheen is add 1/4 cup of baby oil to 2 cups of water, in a spray bottle then add 4 tablespoons of cider vinegar. spray on.  Shake well before use.

·         To get your bridle looking really clean use an electric tooth brush with a bit of saddle soap and water.  You can get right in around the buckles.  You could also use this for the nooks and crannies on your saddle but it would probably take all day to do the whole thing!!!

·         Spray Listerine along your horse’s mane before pulling it.  It numbs the roots and makes it less painful.

·         Baby talc is good for white bits, as is a bit of vinegar in water to remove stable stains.

Note:  Always do a patch test.