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    08-15-2012, 05:32 PM
  #1
Foal
Angry Drivers, Slow Down!

I just got back from a lovely ride on my semi-retired Peruvian Paso. We hauled him up here after the August long weekend.

Well, except for one thing. Apparently, the driver's around here don't know how to slow down. I don't think I have used that specific finger quite that much in my entire life.

One teenager in a big jacked up red dodge even had the nerve to slam on his brakes when I made my not-so-friendly gesture open his door, and then laugh and spin out, flinging rocks at not only me but my poor old man.

I'm so thankful Aztec is bombproof. All he did was back up when the rocks started flying at us.

I have reported that specific truck to police officers and I'm sure he'll be getting a ticket, as I have made a formal statement. Not only that, but his windows are dark tinted. I just have a smug smile on my face because I know he'll get what's coming to him.

I have half a mind to start riding down the middle of the road, then hopefully they get it. I just don't trust them and I don't want to put Aztec in danger or I would do just that!

Most vehicles that passed us were doing at least 80 km/hour. Granted, we were riding in the ditch, but I wear my flourescent orange hoodie (I mean it's bright, it hurts MY eyes) and it's not hard to see me.

Anyone else have this problem?
     
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    08-15-2012, 05:36 PM
  #2
Showing
Why are you riding down the road? Don't you have trails?
     
    08-15-2012, 05:40 PM
  #3
Weanling
Ugh yes, I definitely have this problem too! I have my horse on my own property - it's nice, but I don't have access to an arena or anywhere but my own pasture or the road to ride. Let me tell you, my own pasture gets pretty boring, pretty fast! When I can recognize individual blades of grass, it's time to get out!

We don't have a trailer right now (we're hoping to get one this fall) so the road is really my only other option.

I'm pretty close to a small town and there are lots of people who walk, jog, bike, walk their dogs along these roads - you would think that drivers here would be used to giving a little common courtesy. And there are some nice drivers, but unfortunately the majority of them whip by at 100km/hr. Thank goodness my mare is pretty bombproof (who knew a 4 year old Arab x could be so calm? ), but I'm worried that she'll get hit by flying gravel and NOT be so calm in the future.

I do my best to get out of the way and go into the ditch or a driveway, but sometimes I don't hear them when they're coming up behind me until they're quite close.
     
    08-15-2012, 05:42 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Why are you riding down the road? Don't you have trails?
I don't have access to trails or ditches. And that's why I must ride on the road.
And yes, I am super careful of idiot drivers. Thankfully theres a small ditch that I can hop over on the side of the road when cars are coming to pass. Even then it can get scary.

I usually ride super early or super late to avoid traffic.

Yay for old boys that are road safe!
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    08-15-2012, 05:43 PM
  #5
Showing
Ugh, that stinks. I try to avoid roads and will only ride across or down them if I absolutely have to.
     
    08-15-2012, 05:47 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Why are you riding down the road? Don't you have trails?
Not at the place we are keeping him right now. Once I get my filly we are moving them to my cousin's place so they can guide me more with training.

Normally we ride through the pastures with permission from the farmers I talked to a few of them and they have asked us so stay off for this month.

I was just always taught to respect others on the road. I even slow down for atv'rs and other motorvehicles to make sure they are aware I'm there.

Where I'm originally from people slow right down or sometimes stop completely until you are far enough away that they consider "safe".

I just found it very frustrating and disrespectful!
     
    08-15-2012, 05:49 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Brenna Lee    
I don't have access to trails or ditches. And that's why I must ride on the road.
And yes, I am super careful of idiot drivers. Thankfully theres a small ditch that I can hop over on the side of the road when cars are coming to pass. Even then it can get scary.

I usually ride super early or super late to avoid traffic.

Yay for old boys that are road safe!
Agreed. I've never been more grateful. I was hoping that guy was going to get out because I was going to give him a good tongue lashing. I'm guessing he was showing off... He had a truckful and I watched them throwing beer cans out as they sped off.

I had to go back and pick them up! I hate litterers too!
     
    08-15-2012, 05:52 PM
  #8
Weanling
Wow, the farmers are a lot nicer where you are if they usually let you ride. Here, I don't dare set foot on even the edge of a field (lest I crush one precious plant) unless it's in the two- to three-week period in between harvest and working the fields.

Where I grew up (about three hours North of here) it's mostly scrubby bush country, with lots of wilderness trails and most farmers couldn't care less if you ride on the edge of their fields. Here... land and time are money and apparently nobody can spare a dime.
     
    08-15-2012, 05:52 PM
  #9
Trained
To get to my favorite trails I have to take a short ride on the county highway. It's not very busy, but a lot of the drivers are idiots.

I ride either far off on the shoulder or in the ditch, and none of my horses mind cars, but still. I had one idiot kid who came flyin' up in his pickup with the bed filled with his friends. Selena is still green and she kinda snorted and looked at the excessively LOUDLOUDLOUD music coming from the truck and the laughing idiot teens. I raised my hand, asking them to slow down, and indeed they did slow down --- BUT, it was only to throw out some obscene comments involving "riding" (And not the horse or motorcycle kind...*eyeroll*) and then to squeal off, causing my normally very calm level headed mare to jump sideways, eyes wide, terrified, and almost jump into a tree....Lucky for them I didn't get the time to get a license plate!

Normally people are pretty nice and courteous because in my town, everybody knows that it's close to my house and I have horses that I have to ride on the road sometimes. But, after that incident, I'm constantly worried about it. I hate stupid people. Makes me want to get in my truck, hunt them down, and claim that I got thrown because of them and my $11,000 horse broke her leg and had to be put down or something, just to teach them a bloody lesson about who they think about scaring. >>
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    08-15-2012, 05:53 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by Asama    
Agreed. I've never been more grateful. I was hoping that guy was going to get out because I was going to give him a good tongue lashing. I'm guessing he was showing off... He had a truckful and I watched them throwing beer cans out as they sped off.

I had to go back and pick them up! I hate litterers too!

UGH! Sounds like the teen "hicks" over here (No pun- intended) They are like a school gang of sorts, and VERY numerous.

Good for you for picking up the trash! :) I'm sure you made a few plants happy...
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