Open Letter to the Owners of these small equine mammals:
While running this morning on the Hike and Bike Trail in downtown Austin, I came across the, shall we say, excretory leavings of at least one of your Shetland ponies, spread liberally across the width and length of the Shoal Creek Bridge. I have seen you with your small herd on Town Lake on several occasions before. In general, I have thought that, while your livestock are cute, bringing them down to one of the busiest parks in town is, ahem, slightly problematic (but charmingly quirky in a "Keep Austin Weird" sort of way) for the reason given in the previous sentence.
Being somewhat nimble and relatively long-legged, it was a trivial matter to avoid, well, stepping in it. Nevertheless, please keep in mind that bicyclists and persons with babies in jogging strollers are not so maneuverable, and that rubber tires can pick up and splatter all manner of unpleasant semi-viscous substances and/or emulsions.
As such, it would be deeply appreciated if you would show the same courtesy that we expect of, say, dog owners, and clean up after your animals.