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!!!!.
There Ain't A Horse That Can't Be Rode
And A Rider That Can't Be Throwed
Last edited by HarleyD; 01-06-2013 at 06:57 PM.