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    10-15-2012, 05:13 AM
  #11
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Well, considering that legally in NZ, cars are allowed to pass horses and riders at 100kmh because a horse is a legal mode of transport... lets not go there -_-
     
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    10-15-2012, 05:19 PM
  #12
Weanling
I've had several bad experiences with drivers, but this one time sticks out to me:

I was riding Dallas up the road to my current trainer's house, it was daytime, visibility was fine. Still to be safe I was wearing a neon yellow safety vest that had reflective stripes and little red lights I could turn on(they were off because it was sunny out), and a band of reflective tape around my helmet. It was nearly impossible to miss me.

This 18 year old driver comes flying up the road with his dog in the front seat, he's talking on his cell phone, not paying any attention to the road. I didn't have time to react, Dallas stood frozen waiting for the car to smash into him, I heard the brakes screech and he came to a stop 6in from Dallas's hindquarters. I was scared to death and started screaming at him. He backed up and then guned it up the road like nothing happened. People are unbelievable.
     
    10-16-2012, 02:46 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
Well, considering that legally in NZ, cars are allowed to pass horses and riders at 100kmh because a horse is a legal mode of transport... lets not go there -_-
Yeah, I'm in NZ too.. It sucks. You think the road is bad? Try the beach. Especially when the tide is high and there is limited space. People see nothing againest barreling past you at 100km
     
    10-16-2012, 03:59 PM
  #14
Weanling
I don't know if this counts, but one time when we were pulling a 3 horse slant load up a hill, the garbage truck behind us passed us ON THE RIGHT. Totally on the shoulder, he just zoomed past and literally had 15 ft before the shoulder turned to grass.

I was trail riding one time and my friends and I had no idea where we were going (our plan was to ride for a while, then take out the map to find our way home). The park had a 2 lane busy road through it, but we were going to cross it to get to the other trails. My friends got across the road, but I heard a car coming, so I waited. We let that car pass (never even touched the brakes and we were standing on the shoulder). Another car was coming, but they were pretty far away, so we were just goin to trot across real quick. The driver SPED UP and LAID ON THE HORN. My horse spun around and we safely made it back to the shoulder where we were standing before (it was my horse's first time being on a road). After about 10 minutes, someone was smart enough to stop to let us by.

I think that in horse-populated areas, horse safety should be taught in drivers ed. So many people don't understand that horses are flight animals and can get scared easily.
Also, we parked the trailer at Dunkin Donuts once and you would've thought the president was there. Everyone in the drive through stopped to take pictures and people wanted to pet the horses. You'd think in such a rural area, it wouldn't be such a big deal :)
     
    10-16-2012, 04:23 PM
  #15
Yearling
Oh man, I just had a nasty experience not too long ago with roads.

Clementine's pasture used to border a quiet road, and no matter what passed the horses never got scared. I could ride her up and down it and the cars wouldn't faze her. So, a few months later at her new stable, me and another girl who boarded went on a ride. You had to go down a semi-busy street to get to the quiet back roads. Now, it wasn't like a highway, but there was a steady amount of cars. Based on how good she did before I thought she would be just fine.

Silly me. She was scared. She spooked at every car. I thought about going back, but while she was spooking, she listened to me and my cues and stayed going in a straight line. No bolting or skittering, so I thought she was good. I managed to keep her in line until the quieter roads, where she was fine, even when cars passed. Okay, so, she's fine with the occasional car, but not heavier car traffic. So, we went around the dirt roads, past a school, weaved through some roundabouts. She was fine. Didn't even spook at the white crosswalk paint. Until we approached this semi busy road on the way back. It was farther down the road, and so added about a quarter mile to the busy roads.

This is where it gets nasty. For some reason, even though on the way out she was mostly okay, she went into full, 100% panic mode. Eyes huge, head tossing. Skittering at every car. The last straw was when a firetruck absolutely blasted by - I felt her tense, and then she turned and bolted about 20 feet. I got off, unclipped one rein and clipped it to her rope halter, leaving the other clipped to the bridle. It's good that I did. It got to the point where she was CONSTANTLY tugging, hopping, running, and it took all I had to keep hold of her. She stepped on a soda can at one point and kicked her back legs out so high she almost fell forwards. Being such a stocky, heavy horse I didn't even think she could do that! It was a mile and a half of pure torture, trying to stop my 2000 pound machine from trampling me (Almost happened). Looking back, we should have just gone back right away, but she wasn't doing too bad, I figured it would be the same on the way back.

Several times she almost broke free of me, which would have been dangerous, because she would have bolted into the road. Mind you, while this was happening, the girl I was riding with rode along making comments about how badly my horse is trained and how had she known this would happen she wouldn't have come along (Hah, me too), and how I was doing everything wrong. (Then why don't you get off and show me, hmm?)

We made it back. Clem calmed down and I discovered her main vice - traffic. It was awful, and though it was pretty obvious we were having issues, cars didn't even bother slowing down for us. One even honked. Many times. Some people, I swear. If I ever see people on horses, I make sure to slow down to prevent such things from happening. I couldn't even be upset - She was scared. Granted, she could have been scared and continued to listen to me, I should have taken her back when I realized she was uncomfortable with the traffic to start out with. We lunged upon returning to reestablish the fact that she needs to listen to me, and then did some very basic groundwork to end on a good note. Needless to say, it was terrifying.
     
    10-16-2012, 04:25 PM
  #16
Weanling
I have had a few close calls, and they all happened when I lived in Nebraska. The farmers in the corn area of that state think you need to bow down to them and their semis.. They will hit a good 60 mph hauling grain on a gravel road and they wont slow down for you if your walking, riding a horse, bike riding ectect, even though the dust cloud they are creating will cover half a darn section. A-holes is all I have to say:/

Pepper got used to me slowing the semis down, or even stopping them...which would tick the farmer off pretty bad:) Hey man, two can play this uncourteous game..

Down here in kansas people are a lot more courteous and will slow down so you don't get dusted out.

Also there was another time when we were riding on a curvey pivot road and some kids came swurving around the curve at a decent speed...with a kid on the roof of the car... we heard them coming and were in the process off getting ourselves in a more visable spot out of the way (I don't mess with such things as above unless im confidant the offender can see me and my horse from AT LEAST a 1/2 mile away)..stupid kids **** near hit my horse. We called the sheriff.
     
    10-16-2012, 05:38 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by iRide Ponies    
Yeah, I'm in NZ too.. It sucks. You think the road is bad? Try the beach. Especially when the tide is high and there is limited space. People see nothing againest barreling past you at 100km
I have yet to take my gelding to the beach yet But the beaches around here don't have many idiots driving all over them so I'm lucky in that aspect
     
    10-17-2012, 09:07 PM
  #18
Yearling
My horse is normally really good with vehicles. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, farm equipment, could care less. He gets a tad jittery with bigger school buses and peddle bikes, but he still listens and doesn't dance or drag us into the middle of the road when they are passing. So though its something id like him to get used to, i'm not overly worried about it either.

The closest that My horse and I have gotten was that we were riding down a pretty quite road back to our barn. It myself and my horse Cody, my friend and her mare Splash, and our other friend and her gelding Skip. Anyways we were all riding and a HUGE transport truck starts coming towards us, we were on the road and beside is was a pretty deep ditch, on the other side another ditch and a fence line with barking dogs. Great. So we start jogging towards the nearest drive way we could find. However the Transport truck pretty much beat us to it. Or pretty darn close. Splash and my friend jumped the ditch (goda love having a horse who will jump anything you point her at ), Skip and his owner made it to the drive way. Cody and I not so much, and needless to say he's not a fan of transport trucks. I was about to ask him to go into the ditch when the nice transport driver stopped to let us past into the driveway. Which was very lucky on my part as when the truck past Cody lost his brain. He went to bolt, almost took us into the side of the truck, I cranked him into a tight circle and kept spinning him until the truck past. And then made him stand until he chilled. It was pretty scary.


However, last spring there was a girl who was hit and killed by a truck, her horse was as well. It wasn't the drivers fault. The speed limit was 80 Kilometers per hour, they had been in there driveway so he wouldn't have seen them, but her horse spooked and bolted into the road right in front of the truck. There was no hope in hell that the truck could have stopped in time. Sadly the girls father witnessed the whole thing
     
    10-19-2012, 02:01 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
I have yet to take my gelding to the beach yet But the beaches around here don't have many idiots driving all over them so I'm lucky in that aspect
xD. I'm talking about 90mile, the big long one up the top of the north? People treat it like its a giant yellow highway.
     
    10-20-2012, 11:08 AM
  #20
Weanling
WHen I was about 15, we had been to a horse show and came home late at night hauling a 2 horse trailer with my horse and my friends horse inside. My dad was driving, and he was a good driver, but we came around a curve on the freeway and the cars in front of us were stopped dead. He had no choice but to hit the brakes, and the bolt holding the hitch to the bumper sheared off. We basically lost the trailer. He pulled over to the side using the chain- it was a small island where two freeways merged. This was in the middle of Los Angeles at 1 the morning. There was no one to call, and no one to help. He managed to fix the bolt, but couldn't lift the trailer back onto the hirtch - the crank and wheel had been broken in the process. ANyway, we had to unload both horses on a square of concrete about 10 x 10 (It seemed smaller, that was for sure) that was surrounded by fast moving cars. I had to hold the horses - who of course, hated each other- whille he tried to rehitch the trailer. Both horses were 'hot", scared by all of the lights, and of course, the idiots that honked as they went by. WHat a nightmare. Thankfully, the horses had had enough and hopped back in the trailer as soon as they were asked.
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