Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Around here, it depends on the road and how fast people are driving. If one side has a wide shoulder (10 ft+), I'll ride that side, otherwise I ride with traffic. I talked to the NC Department of Transportation and they said you should ride with traffic. When I mentioned that many people come too close (just like with bicycle riders), that actually suggested riding down the middle of the lane. Then the speed limit is 35 or less, I actually do this, and it does force cars to slow down and wait to pass you. Faster than 35, though, is too much a risk for even me. BTW, at least on NC, there are very few laws actually mentioning horse riders...you're not a pedestrian, and you're not a vehicle...somewhere in no man's land, and the few laws that are on the books date back to the days of the early cars. Here is an example...
§ 20-216. Passing horses or other draft animals.
Any person operating a motor vehicle shall use reasonable care when approaching or passing a horse or other draft animal whether ridden or otherwise under control. (1917, c. 140, s. 15; C.S., s. 2616; 1969, c. 401.)
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.