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post #11 of 19 Old 03-02-2009, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Were can I find laws about this and owning horses in my area? I cant seem to find anything
Where is "your area"? I can look on the laws for my province on the internet. There may be something similar for you depending on your country/state/province.
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-02-2009, 09:58 PM
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Wow, this is an interesting thread. Where do I find my horse laws. I live In queensland, a few hours away from Brisbane

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Florida link: Statutes & Constitution :Search Statutes : Online Sunshine

Queensland link: Other Links

For both of those, I typed "legislation" and the state into google to find the link. eg florida legislation and queensland legislation

If you type in something like: horse roadway or horse traffice or horse highway or something along those lines in the search bar for your specific locations legislation page, you should be able to narrow down the laws about it. Sorry that I can't do it tonight. My internet is very slow and I'm giving up right about NOW on it for today. >
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I ride with the traffic most times... depending on where theres more grass on the side of the road.

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post #16 of 19 Old 03-04-2009, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by VMK View Post
Were can I find laws about this and owning horses in my area? I cant seem to find anything
If you want to look up the laws about horses in general, you need to check your state, county, and city/town (if you're in city/town limits).
You can usually find them on the internet, or in my experience, your County or City Clerk if a good source of information.

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post #17 of 19 Old 03-06-2009, 07:00 AM
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Here, with the trafic (on the right) but we rarely use the road for riding.

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post #18 of 19 Old 03-14-2009, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by VMK View Post
Were can I find laws about this and owning horses in my area? I cant seem to find anything

Not sure about FL, but in NY there are two primary places for finding these laws. Many are spelled out in the traffic laws. Others are spelled out in the "market" laws (state laws that govern agricultural/farming). I would think that most states have _something_ about horses in traffic/motor vehicle code.

Owning horses is a different thing. While there may be some state level rules, the bulk of the matter is likely to be a local issue. Your county, city, town, etc. probably has various laws or zoning restrictions on owning/keeping livestock.

I have found that most state level info can be found online. Below that level online access is very hit or miss.

FWIW, in New York it is very clear that horses are supposed to travel with the flow of traffic (right side of road). They are also required to stay to the right and ride to the shoulder where possible. So while the cars are supposed to yield to horses, there is also responsibility on the rider to keep out of way of traffic (which should be common sense).
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post #19 of 19 Old 03-25-2009, 02:14 PM
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Out here (in Iowa) we usually ride with the traffic, on the shoulder. Most cars are respectful (they'll slow down and move into he opposite lane to pass; if it's a blind corner or there's oncoming traffic, they'll drive slowly behind us until we wave them around.) On bridges, we ride right down the center line, and the cars will actually stop and wait until we're off the bridge and back on the shoulder.
Of course, in my area, there aren't any riding trails, so everyone rides on the road. Anyone who isn't a local is a tourist or "city folk", and they slow down for pictures.
I had 2-Pak flip out once and three people stopped to make sure I was OK. ^_^;
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