The strangest thing that I encountered on a ride?
This was years ago. I was riding a high strung little Arab gelding I called "Rooster". He was a very forward moving, brave horse. He suddenly stopped in the road and perked his ears. I could see that he was anxious. He was so uptight that I felt like I was sitting on a rocket that was about to launch. Then I heard it. I thought that I must be mistaken, but as I got closer, there was no doubt. It was bagpipes. I was on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. This guy was marching along, playing his bagpipes. He stopped playing and I was able to approach him. He said that he was marching along the dirt road just for the practice. Every time he played his bagpipes in his subdivision, the police would show up and threaten to arrest him for disturbing the peace. He waited until I got a bit down the road, and then he started playing again. It was beautiful music, but you could hear it a mile away! It was weeks before my horse would go down that road without looking wide eyed and worried.