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        04-11-2013, 07:19 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Claire love the pic , glad to see your making the effort to be seen on the roads I just wish all horse riders showed as much care, a few euro/dollars for some reflective gear can save you and your horse/ponies life. My ponies go out with yellow quarter sheets, boots on all fours, kids wear reflective vests and bands on bridle and reins, i'm keeping an eye out for the waist coat wit flashing lights and going to pick up two of them also. I love my animals and niece so will do everything in my power to help prevent an accident to either.
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        04-11-2013, 08:45 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by DimSum    
    Then your agency's policy is in direct conflict with your State Statutes, and a huge liability bomb waiting to drop.

    https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/sfm/pro...VehicleOps.pdf

    Specifically this paragraph:

    This provision does not relieve the driver of an authorized emergencyvehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of persons usingthe street, nor does it protect the driver of an authorized emergency vehiclefrom the consequence of a reckless disregard of the safety of others.


    And the other thing...I think you are being a little too literal in terms of shutting down-after all, how much time will you loose if you slow and shut it down until you safely pass? What, 30-40 seconds? Compare that minimal loss of time to the delay that happens when you wreck it-or cause another car/horse/whatever to wreck it. Been there, done that, bought the suspension and the guilt.




    Hmm. It does sound like it, doesn't it? I'll have to ask another precept what their rules are. Maybe they consider slowing and moving enough regard for their safety? I'm not trying to start an argument, just repeating what I've been told by the higher ups. :p for what it's worth, I've had a wailing police car blast by us on horseback, but that wasn't an ambulance. So, maybe different situation. Now I feel like I should investigate... I'll get back to you with my findings, though, not in this thread...

    Sorry op. I agree, we didn't mean to hijack! I do agree with what you've said about road safety. Neon is good... I saw a vest somewhere that was neon reflective yellow that said "slow down, horse in training" that I thought was a good idea.
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        04-11-2013, 08:58 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Not wanting an argument at all Shoebox, it's just the voice of experience on my part so I am sorry if I came off as combative. (hangs head) I typed in the tone of voice I would have growled at one of my trainees during my FTO days. All I'm saying is rules are fine tempered with plain old common sense.

    Back to the main topic, I have seen flashing strobe lights that riders can hang on stirrups or hung on a breast collar. I always thought they were a good idea unless you were riding with another horse that wasn't used to the sight-perhaps those strobes could be used not only for safety but as a tool for desensitizing?
         
        04-12-2013, 01:57 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    rideing out safeley

    To claire ill have to post a picture of quincy somwe how so you can see him.
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        04-12-2013, 04:23 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Dimsum...I don't mind the hijacking at all, its very interesting to hear this as the police here don't seem to slow down enough much like the other cars... I might go into the office and speak to them.

    Shoebox... I really appreciate your honesty in saying you won't turn your sirens off, this is what happens here and I never thought there may be laws as dimsun has pointed out. I will ask when I get into the police station about that and I bet they won't have a clue. You have to follow the orders you are given and I understand that.
         
        04-12-2013, 07:03 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Yes please to pictures of what you're wearing brightly!!
         
        04-12-2013, 01:04 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by clairegillies    
    Dimsum...I don't mind the hijacking at all, its very interesting to hear this as the police here don't seem to slow down enough much like the other cars... I might go into the office and speak to them.

    Shoebox... I really appreciate your honesty in saying you won't turn your sirens off, this is what happens here and I never thought there may be laws as dimsun has pointed out. I will ask when I get into the police station about that and I bet they won't have a clue. You have to follow the orders you are given and I understand that.
    I've actually never been the driver, so I've never been in control of the sirens. I'm emailing a bunch of precepts today to see what they say to see if it's any different than the two I've had experience with, I'll get back to you with what they say. :) either way I do think you should work with your horse with siren sounds. Can't hurt, right? :)
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        04-12-2013, 01:09 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Please just avoid riding alongside roads. There is often glass and metal trash in the ditches by most roads. You cannot fight a moving car, and some drivers get a chuckle out of almost hitting you. IF you have to cross a road when trail riding, get the WHOLE PARTY to carefully cross the road at the same time.
    Where I used to live there was a stable the boarded, did shows, did lessons and rented trail horses. To get to the Forest Preserve's trails, they had to cross 167th street (Chicago suburbs) and many horses were hit by cars, some bc the rider got off, or fell off, and the horse trotted back to the stable. They don't look both ways.
    Finally, they built an underpass to prevent this from happening again. They also put up steel barriers to help prevent riders from crossing anywhere else. Yes, it's sometimes wet there after a rain, but it's always a safe crossing.
         
        04-12-2013, 01:20 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I have had emergency vehicles pass me and my horse and they have always slowed down and turned off their sirens. I have never worried about that. What I worry about is people. I have had 3 milkshakes thrown at my horses bum, garbage a couple times and I cannot count how many people have honked right behind me or drove a really loud truck and floored it as they went by. It doesnt matter what reflectors you wear, for me its just avoiding the road as much as possible. I have found there are more horrible drivers then good.
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        04-12-2013, 03:59 PM
      #20
    Foal
    I have no alternative to ride in, we do not have an arena and the paddock is too wet most of the time. Central Scotland, rain capital of the world....

    This shows the route that I ride on a daily basis... this is the quick ride. gmap-pedometer.com

    Except I've had links removed before so don't know if you can look at that??

    Claire
         

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