Expensive, fun, high maintenance, worth the effort. Just a few words that could be used to describe ownership of a trail bike. Or equally, owning a horse.
On any given weekend horse riders and trail riders use the same BOAT's and UCR's up and down the length of England and Wales. It's fair to assume that at some point the two groups are going to meet out on the trail. So, what do you do? Who has right of way? A little bit of patience and common sense can go a long way, after all, whilst both methods of transport can throw their riders, only one is likely to do it at the sight of the other.
There's no reason why bikes and horses can't share the trail with a bit of consideration and respect. You could argue that every encounter is an opportunity to improve relationships between two groups of countryside users that simply want to be out riding and enjoying the countryside.