Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
A mile isn't bad to ride at all. I'm going to be riding on the road quite a bit now, my friend's farm is about 2-3 miles down the road (with one part as trails).
If I'm on the main (rt 68) I'll try to canter around the bends where there isn't a shoulder for me to ride on.
You definitely have to make yourself known though, make sure your horse can deal with cars (flying by, honking, etc), and preferably NEVER ride at night. If you have any inkling that you'll be riding at sunset or in the dark, make sure you deck out in flourescent colours and have reflective gear with/on you and your horse. I'm talking safety vest, reflective strips on boots/polos, strips on saddle, band around your horse's tail, everything. I got caught after dark with nothing and was paranoid as all get out. No one was going to see me until they were right on top of me.
But, if all you have to do is cross the main road, do it just as you would if you were driving a car; make sure it's clear and cross.
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