Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Rode out today, about 10 miles with friends- urban trailriding. :) Wound up lost and had to ask some random people who were dumbfounded about seeing three horses and riders in their neighborhood. Then out and about, by some new construction, and back home again.
The only thing that worried the horses the whole ride was the curb outside a brand new building- they had painted it bright red, and for the love of all that was safe, they DID NOT want to step over the red curb to cross the driveway. All three would walk up to it, drop their head, and then snort at it and back up. Unfortunately this was a curb by a busy road, so not the place to have horses acting all worried and backing up without regard for cars. Luckily we could go around it, though it meant going over the landscaped verge (SORRY!). Later on we passed by a church with red fire-lane curbs in their parking lot, so we were able to take them over there and let them stand and look and snort at the curbs for a few minutes in a safe place. Jayne doesn't like standing still. At all. So, I gave him the choice of standing still next to the red curb, or moving forward over it. After about thirty seconds of not wanting to stand still and a quick sniff towards the curb, he decided that his desire to not have to stand still was WAY more important than the curb was scary and walked forward over it like it was nothing. No tension, fear, or anything. He just needed a quiet minute to think about the curb to get over the idea it might be scary. Once he walked over it and didn't die, the other two were willing to follow.
But yeah. Red painted fire lane curbs. Scary.
Tractors, cars, backhoes, big CAT machinery, dogs, trailers, Bank drive thu, volleyball nets, playgrounds, black construction fencing flapping in the wind, sprinklers, suburban neighborhoods, kid on a bike, and motorcycles are all fine. The CURB is scary. XD