OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Horse lovers can now ride on Ocean City’s beaches.

Ocean City’s Town Council voted 4-3 vote Monday night to allow horseback riding on the beach from Nov. 1 to March 30 with a $50-per-horse season permit. Council members say a $20 daily permit will also be offered. Riding will be allowed from 27th St. to the south end jetty. Riding in dunes or nesting areas will be prohibited and those who don’t clean up after their horse can be fined $500.

Councilman Brent Ashley told The Baltimore Sun he got the idea from the mayor of Wildwood, N.J., which recently began allowing horseback riding on its beaches.

The councilman says feedback has been positive and pony rides and a horse festival are possibilities to draw more visitors.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (10)
  1. Card says:

    Great..now I can look for the horse Chit on the beach too..

  2. Charleen Borchers says:

    Another reason to love Ocean City!! This is awesome. I know quite a few horswe people who may just go to this!

  3. JLK says:

    Great idea People love to see the police horses on the beach.. a great winter activity My kids will love to watch them from the boardwalk Congratulations to the Mayor for such a good idea

  4. Jean Donhauser says:

    Horse poo unlike other types of poo found on beached is A, large enough to see and B. digested grass…. If you have never had the experience of riding a horse in the ocean … Then you have not lived…….

  5. Autumn Place says:

    sounds like tons of fun i can not wait to take my horses there!!! 🙂 the only thing though.. if your riding how are you suppose to clean up after your horse? idk how that’s going to work. but o well. i cant wait!!!!!!!! 😀

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