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    02-23-2011, 10:17 AM
Green Broke
Huge massive vent aaaaargh

OK going to try and keep this free of expletives.


I hauled my girl to a show on Sunday and travelled from just North of Houston to just south of Houston, about a 1 1/2 hour drive. The number of inconsiderate drivers really ticked me off to say the least.


I am a pretty considerate driver, especially with a trailer. Depending on road and traffic conditions I drive at or around the speed limit. I had one imbecile pull out in directly front of me on highway 6. I had to change lanes to avoid hitting them and they didn't even seem to care. Others blocked me from entering the freeway on the on ramp.

Two cars raced me down an off ramp, actually driving up the shoulder of the ramp to overtake me. A third driver tried to do the same thing but ran out of room and had to slam on his brakes as he nearly ran into the concrete barrier in his efforts to save 3 seconds on his travel time. I was not going that slow myself so really wasn't holding up traffic in any way. WHAT THE HELL???

People cutting right in front of me and then slamming on the brakes. People cutting me off. People blocking me at on/off ramps. Is a few seconds really worth that much?

Does the average driver not understand that anyone pulling a heavy load does not have the same stopping distance as a normal car? On top of that, I try to give my horses a smooth ride by not braking too hard or taking corners too fast, bloody hard when you are surrounded by idiot drivers that only care about saving a few seconds on their commute.

Besides, this was a Sunday, what is the big rush anyway?

Aaaargh, people, they're ***holes. You should have heard the language coming out of my mouth each time someone did something inconsiderate, would have made a sailor blush.

Is it just us horse people that try to be considerate when you see someone driving with a trailer and horse? Does no one else care? Not even purely in the interests of their own safety?
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    02-23-2011, 10:28 AM
I think you hit the nail on the head when you said "Does the average driver not understand that anyone pulling a heavy load does not have the same stopping distance as a normal car?"
    02-23-2011, 10:32 AM
Green Broke
You're probably right.

I can accept that people don't care about the wellbeing of my horse, but what about their own safety? Surely it makes sense that a heavy vehicle takes longer to stop/slow down than a light vehicle? Grrrrr.

If that's the case, I will rephrase. People are dumb***es!
    02-23-2011, 10:42 AM
Green Broke
Oh my gosh! I am so with you on this! I drive as fast as I need to and leave myself with plenty of brake time so the horses aren't shoved around! So all you A holes can pass me, ride my a**, or get the eff out of the way! My Only concern is my safety and my horses! So suck on those apples!! Grrr!
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    02-23-2011, 10:43 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by mbender    
Oh my gosh! I am so with you on this! I drive as fast as I need to and leave myself with plenty of brake time so the horses aren't shoved around! So all you A holes can pass me, ride my a**, or get the eff out of the way! My Only concern is my safety and my horses! So suck on those apples!! Grrr!
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    02-23-2011, 11:06 AM
Green Broke
Sorry but that's my attitude when people don't give a crap about me. So why should I give a crap about them? Glad I made ya laugh though! Lol
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    02-23-2011, 11:12 AM
Sarah, I'm much more alert and on the defensive when I'm hauling than when I'm by myself.

People are idiots. It's rarely a tractor trailer driver's fault when he jackknifes. It's usually the fault of some brain dead assclam behind the wheel of a motorized roller skate.

I'm not exactly afraid to haul my horses but it's very stressful, especially if I have to access a 4 or 6 lane highway during my journey. I'd much rather keep to the back roads.

I have plenty of stories about stupid drivers and horse hauling, but I won't bore y'all with 'em. Let's just say I totally despise non horse people when I'm hauling.
    02-23-2011, 11:22 AM
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SR - It is stressful isn't it? I was tired enough after a long day at a show by myself with a hot hot hot horsie but the trip home really did me in.

MBender - that did make me giggle, glad I am not alone in my hauling road rage.
    02-23-2011, 11:35 AM
Green Broke
Very stressful guys! But what we need to keep in mind is what I said before. Do what You need to do to get there safely. Whoever wants to be the idiot, let em!! I could care less about those stupid people! I only care about my self and my horses! Keep on truckin!! Flip em the bird!! BAhbye Baby!
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    02-23-2011, 11:48 AM
Mbender, there isn't always a way to give yourself plenty of room to stop.

I wasn't going to tell any horror stories, but I'm going to give you this one as an example of people who have their bums where their brains should be.

I was hauling with another couple to Gettysburg. They were ahead of me in their rig with two horses, and I was behind pulling my one.

We had stopped to get something to eat, and were trying to get out of town and back on the highway. We had managed to make a left across 4 lanes of town traffic without being killed, and had one stoplight to maneuver.

The light was green, I was gaining speed to get through it, and some idiot out of a sidestreet jumps in front of me in his itty bitty car At that time the light turned yellow, and the moron stomped on his brakes and STOPPED RIGHT IN FRONT OF A LOADED RIG GOING AT LEAST 35 MPH!

I had NO way to stop without rear ending the stupid f*cker, so I had to make a split second decision; either hit the flarking moron and probably total my truck, his car, and injure my horse, or go to the right or left of him.

I chose the left since there was an actual lane there, and prayed that there wasn't another vehicle in my blind spot, because someone was going to get creamed if there was.

I know my horse got flung around because I could feel him scrambling to stay on his feet as I hit the brakes, swung out into the left lane, and gunned the gas.

To say I was beyond angry is an understatement. That IDIOT almost caused a major accident, because he was too flarking STUPID to know that you cannot stop dead in front of a loaded rig! $@!!{{+!!

It's been almost 8 years since that happened, but to this day I still get mad as hell when I think about it.

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