Neighbors getting mad about you riding on the right away
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Yesterday a neighbor came to my home to complain about my 11year old neice and a friend who rode with her. Her complaint was that they were riding on her yard. She had someone with her and I have to admit before it was over I lost my temper.
First she started off with they rode today on her yard. My niece hasn't been out on a ride for a week. I knew it was kind of going to be a argument since she blatantly was lying. She had put up some signs last week about keep horses off her yard, and I think because no one has taken a horse out for the past week, except to ride on our property she was peeved that her sign wasn't getting the response she wanted.
We ride on the rightaway or road easement bascially from the ditch to the road, which the county/state owns. If I notice that someone really puts the time in on their yard/ditch area I just avoid it, but my niece is only 11 and I don't think she should take chances and prefer her to ride on the grassy areas.
In Kentucky the only laws that I have found are you can't ride on a levee or horserace on a road, and you can't ride on a interstate.
I lost my temper when I asked her where should she ride and she said on the road. I had this thought run through my mind of how selfish can a person be about dirt and grass that they would want a 11yr old riding down the road. I then told her to get off my property, why was she walking on my property. She said its the only way she could get to my house to talk to me. I responded with, exactly don't you realise how stupid you sound, when you take the liberty of opening my gate and coming up to my house, and your worried about a once in awhile, 11yr old riding on some dirt and grass alongside a public road.
I don't know about people these days, they don't want kids riding skate boards and other stuff and then they wonder why kids wander around with nothing to do and some start getting into trouble because they are bored.
Some people are gonna be unhappy no matter what! Maybe your neighbor should move to a paved and guttered hoity toity neighborhood.
Our neighbor is the same way. I just tell my boarders to ride on the opposite side of the road.
Is the right-of-way also the drainage area for the road? I know that we avoid riding on that strip of land (we use the road instaed) in several places as the neighbors along those stretches have mentioned the damage done by the horses/hooves. In wet times the horses can leave deep tracks and/or slide around and tear it up, in dry times the weight/movement can create erosion of the stability of the drainage.
No one person's "right" outweighs the other, but I am the type that will try to accommodate someone when/if it is possible. To me, it's not the hill I want to die on *shrugs*
I had a renter who wanted to live out in the country, well living "out in the country" comes with "out in the country" kinda things. The lady was INSANE! She duct taped the windows so "horse smell" wouldn't infiltrate "her" house. Loved looking at my horses, they never smelled but she wouldn't even go outside because of the "stench"! They were on 20 acres at least 500 feet from her yard! The neighbors around her had kids so instead of walking on the VERY dangerous road they would cross the edges of her yard, well that really po'd the lady so I would get a call about the darn kids in her yard. What the heck were they supposed to do? I told her she would be responsible if one got hurt, that shut her up.
Then the neighbors dogs would romp around and sometimes poop in her yard. According to the contract I had to have her yard mowed. What did she do about the doodoo? CALLED ME TO COME PICK IT UP! I told her she needed to talk to her NEIGHBORS.
Unless she has uber maintained the ditch and has flowers and sod, and if the kids are tearing it up I'd have them avoid it. If she's just out for a fight and you have the right of way I'd parade her "yard" every day! LOL!
But ya gotta keep the peace!
Lol I went through this once! A fried and I were riding on the edge of the road but moved into the ditch area to allow a semi to pass (we were in town). Now we never crossed the sidewalk even, just went into the first 3 ft of grass.
15 minutes later we were pulled over by a cop because the woman had called and complained. The officer said we were not doing anything wrong but they had to let us know there was a complaint.
The lady's complaint? We walked NEAR her flowers. Not on them, not through them, near them. We were probably a good 10-15 feet from any flowers so both of us and the officer found it hilarious.
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Lmbo Flygap that is what my sister wants me to do, and she was like she better be glad that I haven't tried riding on the road yet, I'd go past her yard and wait for my horse to take a poop. I told her please don't I already made a ass of myself. My husband said I should have just let her vent with no reaction until she ran out of steam, then wished her a good day. Which probably would have been better since I think after she posted her signs a week ago and no one had ridden and paid any attention to them she was itching for a argument and I obliged her :-)
Our land lord is very picky she insists the gate be always closed
we can't have any thing outside they cut their lawn every other day
My mom was on my gelding and he was convinced my neighbors road was the road home. My mom is a total noob and had no control. He kept running right up to my neighbors house. My neighbor is an accomplished horse woman so I'm sure she was looking out the window laughing her arse off. lol
I guess some people can be anal about some things. We have a neighbor that lets his cow loose. I've called the sheriff a million times on that stupid cow. I just can't stand going over suicide hill (so steep people have died on it) cresting the top and BAM COW.
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