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post #11 of 36 Old 01-30-2013, 10:09 PM
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Yes, even seeing that, slows motorists down.
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post #12 of 36 Old 01-30-2013, 10:15 PM
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You could use a dune flag lashed to the cantle or skirt rigging. Leave the flag at the trail head, then reattach it on the way home.
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post #13 of 36 Old 01-30-2013, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by hberrie View Post
...everytime I go out I am more nervous. I walk him to the end of the drive and make him stand there while cars pass. I wait until there are no cars and walk him out aways and back. I practice all the time, but the fact is, I can never absolutely predict how he will behave. I can deal with anything, anywhere, except on the road. Cars freak me out....
You've hit upon a couple of things (see bolded) that need work first and foremost - your angst is going to be picked up by your horse and affect his behaviour. You need to get yourself calm and relaxed but still aware and thinking defensively when you're doing this (no easy task I bet!!!). You are doing a constructive activity with your walks if you're in the right state of mind and "practice all the time" is really consistent as in a daily event. When you're doing your practice it is important to end it on the right note - you end it when your horse is doing things like standing quietly when asked or walking calmly at your side. To end it when he is upset tells him that is acceptable or expected behaviour on his part. As you apply yourself and increase your knowledge, I think you will find that you ability to predict how he will behave will improve greatly - you'll start looking for the little signs (the flick of the ear, the raising of the neck, the tension in the mouth, the widening of the eye, etc) and then draw his attention back to you before anything really gets started.
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Thank you Chevaux, I will try to work more on those those things.
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You're welcome hberrie - take care.
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post #16 of 36 Old 01-31-2013, 12:07 AM
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Riders from the barn down the road from me often wear reflective vests that say "Horse in training" when they ride on the road. Might be something worth investing in?
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post #17 of 36 Old 01-31-2013, 12:17 AM
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people have to remember that horse are animal that react, if drivers remember that horses are bigger then deer and you see how much damage hitting a deer dose they would slow down but NO they don't
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post #18 of 36 Old 01-31-2013, 12:21 AM
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I know loveduffy, but some folks are so ignorant! What is the big deal, you see a horse & rider, slow right down, & get over, oh my a minute out of your life? If everyone did that, the OP could ride without a worry to her trail.
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post #19 of 36 Old 01-31-2013, 12:41 AM
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Some motorists are very respectful of horses and their riders as I ride on roads often. I am extremely grateful for them! Then, there are the ones who totally disregard you and speed by like they're on a racetrack. We had a Stop sign installed in the past few years as you approach our boarding facility in an attempt to slow down the traffic. There are some of the residents who just drive right on through without even making an attempt to stop. It just makes me shake my head and wonder. I guess they feel it's their small revolt against the Evil Stop sign that causes them to lose precious time in their daily travels. So, the moral is: Do all you can to stay as safe as possible as you can't always count on the motorists to even abide by some simple rules of the road.
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post #20 of 36 Old 01-31-2013, 01:24 AM
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I once had a young driver speed up, start beeping his horn, swerve TOWARDS me and throw a beer can out the window at my horse, when riding down a small, local street on a young horse. Luckily said horse was fairly quiet and leapt sideways with an attempt to take off, but settled quickly.
I've also had a horse panic on the road at a motorbike, and run backwards into the middle of a main road around a blind corner.
Scary stuff!!!

As someone said above, you will need to control your own fear before trying to tackle it with the horse.
Have you noticed that on the days that you're feeling particularly nervous, the horse is particularly worried about the road? If you are feeling frightened before you even get out there, you're going to be shallow breathing, gripping and giving your horse mixed signals. Even the quietest of horses will get worried when the rider acts like this.
Why not go out on the road for a walk by yourself a few times. Walk down the road, and along the trail for a while each day. Then get on your horse and bring a friend/parent to walk along with you. Often having someone on the ground can give you some more confidence to get on and go.
Try doing an exercise along the road side to concentrate on. Leg yield down the road, say 15m, then change direction and leg yield on the other rein. Ride lots of walk-halt-walk transitions, and think about your breathing. Constant deep breaths through your mouth, out through your nose. Make your body go floppy.
Attach a neck strap or monkey strap to your horse/saddle to give you something to grab onto if you feel nervous - then you're not grabbing the horse's mouth, making him nervous too.
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