So we got to encounter a train on our ride for the first time yesterday. We knew it was coming and stayed in a rather open area. On a side road with another road that made a small loop around. Residential but a large grassy area in the middle. We were at least 100 yards from the train. I had her turned towards it so she could see where the noise was coming from. All was dandy until the engines were right in front, they made an aweful noise on the tracks. Naturally she spooked into the grassy area. Circled her down til she stopped gave her some pats then walked the loop while the train was still going by.
We were in a group with 4 others. A few spooked slightly worse as I think only one or two of the horses had ever been by a train before. I don't blame her that thing was loud.
So if I were to encounter this again but not in an area where we have room to spook what would you do? Obviously I would try to get to a safer place asap but say we don't see it til it's too late? This train was very quiet until it was right in front of us, speed limits since it was technically in town.