Call for comments to Missouri Department of Conservation regarding the use of e-bikes on multi-use trails

The Missouri Department of Conservation is accepting public comments until October 31, 2021 on the proposed use of bicycles (including motorized e-bikes) on multi-use trails.

Equestrians routinely use multi-use trails for recreational purposes. The language in the proposal is misleading because e-bikes, or motorized bicycles, are included as a “bicycle”. E-bikes can reach speeds up to 28 mph, and this inherently increases safety issues on multi-use trails.

The MHC will respectfully oppose the proposal, and we invite MHC members to read more details about the proposal and submit their own comments to the Missouri Department of Conservation by October 31, 2021 here. Remember that the entire Missouri public contributes taxes toward multi-use trails, and therefore, everyone has a voice in this matter, whether a horse/mule/donkey owner or not.

Additional background information and justification for opposition of this proposal can be found in this document prepared by MHC member organization Back Country Horsemen on Missouri.

Please send us your feedback: Click here.

Back Country Horsemen of Missouri - E-bike expansion Mike Hubbard Letter.pdf

Reportable Communicable Diseases

The following are reportable diseases that must be reported to State 573.751.3377 or Federal 573.658.9850 officials within 24 hours of suspicion or diagnosis:

Conditions -- All Species

Any highly unusual condition, unusual clinical signs of any kind, and any instance of high morbidity and/or mortality that does not fit classical picture of endemic disease and has not previously been identified in Missouri or the United States.

Possible list of clinical signs but not all inclusive:

  • Vesicular lesions

  • Neurological symptoms

  • Severe abortion storms of unknown etiology

  • Hemorrhagic septicemia

  • Pox or lumpy skin conditioins

  • Suspicious necropsy finds

Communicable Diseases

The following must be reported to the Missouri Department of Health at 573.751.6113 within 24 hours of suspicion or diagnosis:

For further information, contact the Division of Animal Health at 573.751.3377 or email .
To view a complete list of reportable diseases, please visit

Equine (Horses)

  • African Horse sickness

  • Babesiosis (piroplasmosis)

  • Contagious equine metritis

  • Dourine (equine trypanosomiasis

  • Eastern equine encephalomyelitis

  • Equine infectious anemia (EIA)

  • Equine piroplasmosis

  • Equine rhinopneumonitis

  • Equine viral arteritis

  • Glanders

  • Rabies

  • Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis

  • Vesicular Stomatitis

  • Western equine encephalomyelitis

All Species

  • Anthrax

  • Bovine Viral Diarrhea

  • Brucellosis

  • Pseudorabies

  • Rabies

  • Screwworm

  • Tuberculosis

  • Vesicular stomatitis

  • Zoonotic Diseases

Highlighted Documents

Coronavirus: Disease in Horses is Different to Humans

Coronavirus - Disease in Horses is Different to Humans.pdf

National Welfare Code of Practice

National Welfare Code of Practice.pdf

2020 Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Report - 11/13/2020

2020 Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Situation Report - Nov 13 2020.pdf

Current Newsletter

2021 Summer.pdf

2021 Summer Newsletter

Current Meeting Minutes

2021 MHC Annual Meeting Program

2021 Annual Meeting