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post #11 of 16 Old 01-05-2013, 10:53 PM
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That looks fun. We like to ride through the neighborhoods on the horses to look at Christmas lights. We have to be careful though. The horses have lots of reflective tape and red blinking led lights on so drivers can see us.

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post #12 of 16 Old 01-06-2013, 06:49 PM
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I would like to start this off by saying... I ride my horses through town all the time. And your right... IT IS A BLAST!!!! I live in a rural community and there are about 6k people in my whole county. But you are right and I commend you on asking questions before you take off.

1st. You horse really does need shoes on. And if you are going to do anymore than a walk they need to have drilltex on the bottoms. Any ferrier knows what that is. It is added to the regular shoe on the toes and heels in order to give he horse more grip on the slick pavement.

2nd. We ride along the highway only because we have to. Indiana doesnt have any regulations against riding on haighways or in town. Our horses are like yours and are been there done that horses so we dont have to worry too much about them spooking at cars, trucks, or semis. We ride along the grass on the side of the road where possible. In town we ride on the side of the road but go right through the middle of town and even around the town square.

The biggest thing that you need to watch for is... THE IDIOTS!!!

I love to ride in town and most people git a big kick out of seeing a group or even single riders going through town. But there is ALWAYS one person that has to be an A-hole. I have had cars and trucks swerve at me. Run right up behind my horse and blow their horn trying to get them to spook. The worst was... when a semi squeezed me and my horse up against a rock wall and actually brushed the side of my foot as he went past me. As he went past he laid on the air horn. My horse spooked, threw me, and drug me hanging from a stirrup down the highway. (yes the driver was stopped and ticketed)

Im not telling you all of this to scare you but to warn you. If you are going to ride through town to just be careful and watch out for EVERYTHING and HAVE FUN!!!!.
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post #13 of 16 Old 01-06-2013, 08:16 PM
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We ride the roads everywhere. It's the only way we can get anywhere. We never ride in the road except for turn lanes. We act as pedestrians not cars. So if possible we ride the ditch but usually on the gravel side. If they poop, they poop. It's digested grass.

Just today we went galloping on the snowmobile trails. Most everyone was friendly and they even waited for us to pass before they continued, except for two teenagers but can't really expect much out of the youth. We had to be in the road because of ice concerns but that said we were still on the shoulder past the white line. No one gave us trouble and some will even stop if they notice we need to cross.

We rode to McDonalds this summer and everyone was taking pictures and videos of us lol. We didn't go thru the drive thru as that would have caused issues but we stopped at a grassy spot to rest.
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post #14 of 16 Old 01-06-2013, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by xJumperx View Post
Can I add a question? Do horses have to ride on the sides of the road, or can they be right in there in the lanes with the cars?? As long as they are obeying regular street rules, of course. This sounds like fun!!
Ones i saw were on the sidewalk just hanging out waiting for the crosswalk sign. LOL
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post #15 of 16 Old 01-06-2013, 10:18 PM
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We used to road ride in town a lot! We had to obey everything just as traffic did. The only time this was a problem was when we were the only ones at a stop light and didn't have the weight to trigger it. Then we had to dismount and lead them down the sidewalks (could not ride the sidewalks and would be ticketed of we disobeyed the traffic signal). I was only pulled over once and it was due to a complaint but was no issue. The cop said we were right in how we handled it (moving to the ditch area to allow traffic to pass us before moving on).

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post #16 of 16 Old 01-10-2013, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to everyone for their advice and personal experiences! I'm not entirely sure as to when I will get the chance to go ridin' through the drive thu, but I will definetly get pics for sharing! :)
If anyone else has anything to add to this thread, I'd be happy to hear it!

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