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Letter: Horse trails cause near-ruin of park

As high heat and humidity continued on Long

As high heat and humidity continued on Long Island Wednesday Lauren Preto, 16, of East Northport hoses down Ricky, one of the horses that reside at the Sweet Hills Riding Center in Melville. On hot days like this all the horses at the stable get a cool shower after they've worked out. (July 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday John Paraskevas

The article regarding where to ride horses compelled me to respond ["Tall in the saddle," exploreLI, May 19].

In my very informed opinion, the Sweet Hills Riding Center using West Hills County Park might not be so sweet. Trail use by horses and their riders has created and or worsened extremely bad erosion. There is a tick infestation and horse manure and urine in the park.

Bicycles are prohibited because they cause erosion, so the park should be closed to horses as well. I've lived near the park for more than 40 years. For each ruined trail, a new one is formed adjacent by riders seeking better footing. The parks department should be ashamed and embarrassed. This park is in a near state of collapse.

Jim Braun, Melville

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