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.
Ain't that the truth!
I also ride alongside/on the road almost every time I go out on the trail (we have to go on roads to access trails) and there are SO many people who must assume "if a horse is on a road, it must be accustomed to traffic." Not always the case! Fortunately, my horses are very well behaved around all sorts of traffic, but that came with being ridden on the road so often.
Just be patient and confident. You'll get there. :)
I would continue to work on your horse to get him calm while walking or trotting down the road.
When I was at camp, we had to cross an 8 lane highway (4 lane each way, really busy) and we were all on horse back, there was 13 of us. We would wait for a break in traffic, then we would lope all the horses across, and we had to do that like 6 times in 3 days (2 times a day, there and back) There were a few spooky horses, including the one I was on, but we all got safely across, so I would say, wait for a break in traffic, then calmly walk your horse across the road, if it is not a big road.
I take the two horses I work with and stand them on the corner of the busy road and stand with them for 10 minutes or so. We saw everything from motorcycles, to 18 wheelers, farty race cars, etc. Of course the main road has a limit of 35, but it looks like the Daytona 500 all the time! Posted via Mobile Device
mass x velocity? I don't get it. Was never much good a physics LOL.
In classical mechanics, the kinetic energy of a point object (an object so small that its mass can be assumed to exist at one point), or a non-rotating rigid body depends on the mass of the body as well as its speed. The kinetic energy is equal to the mass multiplied by the square of the speed, multiplied by the constant 1/2. In formula form: where is the mass and is the speed (or the velocity) of the body.
So in this formula Ek equates to the kinetic energy which will occur when the mass (horse and rider) and velocity (the car) collide, I.e. The car crashing into you and your horse.
I ride a mile or so down the road everytime I ride (3-6 days a week right now) because the only places I can canter and/or breeze her out and do much more than walk/trot and have scenery.
Now..my mare's completely road safe and very rarely spooks at anything. BUT, the road is 40mph speed limit. Some people are courteous, while others are rude and expect me to walk off a cliff so that they can stay in the lane by honking their horn at me. I'm sorry, but I'm not sliding off a cliff when I can trot (not even walk!) another 20ft down the road and have a field to step off into.
But..main point is, most cars will slow down because they know horses are worse than deer to hit. Any of the drivers I've seen that have stopped to chat have said they know they need to slow down because just the same as someone walking their dog, the person may not be paying any attention and step out farther.
Personally though, I like the flag idea. You could always tie it to your horn and tie a little strip of reflector tape in a bow around your horse's tail. Posted via Mobile Device
Also, bring eggs... If they wanna speed and be inconsiderate.... EGG'UM!!!
Just kidding!.... Lol Posted via Mobile Device
See now..you gave me an idea I didn't have xD
I may have to snag an egg from the coop before my ride now. I usually just flick people off (coz I'm old enough to not be worried about my mum hearing about it somehow, lol), but I was inclined to chase the comcast van down the road yesterday since they honked and pretty much floored it after Donald and Super got "out of their way". Posted via Mobile Device