Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares View Post
At least around here on the 2 lane roads, what folks typically call the road easement is not actually an easement at all, i.e. it's not part of the homeowners land even though they care for it. It is owned by the state and they do come by about every month with tractor mowers and cut it. If anyone really cares, you can look at the plat and/or find the boundary stakes. At our home closer to town, the property boundary is about 15 feet from the road asphalt.
In any case, folks do obviously care for this strip of state land when it is in front of their house, and I always try and be respectful of the effort they make. I typically ride on the asphalt, but will ride in the 'easement' if need be based on traffic, and I avoid this as much as possible when it's been very wet so as not to leave deep hoof prints. To be honest, however, considering the dangers of riding on/near the road, my safety and that of my horse are a much higher priority than worrying about the grass in the 'easement', and if I need to use all of that space to stay safe, I certainly won't hesitate to do so. BTW, this strip of land gets more torn up with tire ruts by the mail carriers driving half on/off the road delivering the mail than by any horses.
I have never had complaints from our neighbors except in the newer subdivision (with an HOA) that sprung up down the road. They complain if you just ride through the development on the road (which is public).
17.5 feet off center at the farm. I only know because I had to find out last year when I started putting in fence posts along the hwy portion of the farm to get an extra 3 acres of grazing. And some pecans will fall on the other side of the fence, so I hope someone will stop and pick them up so they don't go to waste
. I'll be happy if someone will ride by and let their horse eat the grass along the outside of the fence so I won't have to cut it, or lead one of mine out to graze on it, because the state only cuts maybe 10 feet off the side. That leaves me a narrow strip to keep down along the outside of the fence (maybe I should plant something there that doesn't need to be maintained).
We don't really care since some people think we're the local trouble makers anyway. (the rest think we're great
e.g. about 20 years ago guy down the road had a blue berry patch that he planted and did a "pick and pay" with them. He had fits if someone ate a berry while they were picking. So my father took a section of the orchard and planted 10 times the number of blue berry bushes and let people come and pick for free
. Nothing the other guy can do about it if we let people pick our berries free vs paying for his.