Riding on the road
What precautions extra steps do you take?
Roads have cars and trucks therefore can be dangerous. How do you keep safe.
Wear a high vis vest on a dull day
Ensure I have my phone on me
Ride according to the hills and visibility. Where peaks are ensure I'm in the lane where cars can see me better.
Check feet before and after for stones.
Looking at getting a high vis saddle cloth too.
I always hack out on roads, some quieter than others.
I always wear hi-vi as it is needed in bright sunlight as well as on a dull day (my brown tb disappears under tree shadows).
I always have my phone and often endomondo turned on.
I usually tell someone I'm out (but not always and I really should).
I am always courteous to other road users whether they slow down or not (unless they do something dangerous!).
I always get out of the way if there is a suitable place to allow traffic to keep moving.
I try to ensure that all my horses are used to traffic (buses, lorries and tractors etc) before going on the road, but when schooling a youngster there is always a point when you have to get them out there in order for them to get used to it.
I ride on the road a lot, especially on distance training days.
I don't wear any special vests unless its gross out or I'm going to be gone all day. Then I wear a high-vis reflective mesh vest.
If I feel like a car is being reckless/rude I step off into the grass where possible or just scoot really close to the edge of the road. Otherwise I just stay to the far side of my lane.
If going up hill stay on the right, downhill stay on the left.
Oh, and making sure your horse isn't afraid of vehicles is a good idea!
I live in the country, so I have the chance to pass a lot of different things. Eg; Trailers full of various animals, those huuugeee tractors they use to plant fields
Most likely you will want to be sure your horse can handle being followed/barked at by dogs. I've found that if you trot toward them threateningly they will leave you alone. Most just want to sound terrifying.
Really just simple things, the road can be dangerous but most things are just common sense to keep yourself and your horse safe.
I use to ride the road daily..I usually have on an orange hoodie, but this summer I'll have on my construction vest (so I have to behave since it has company name! LOL) if it's icky out.
I personally love riding on the road because I've had nice conversations with about everyone who has stopped. My horse hasn't spooked at anything yet, so I don't anticipate her doing anything but what I ask on the road.
I have a question about legality though..What if your horse decides to use the bathroom and you have no shoulder or grassy part off-road? What if I'm at mcdonalds with my horse tied up? What if I'm at the ice cream shop in the parking lot? D: This is the only thing I worry about nowadays since I'm actually in town and not on a back road anymore.
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The poo thing is a city ordinance deal. If you're not in town limits, it doesn't matter if you poo in the road, but certain towns have rules that you must pick it up in a certain amount of time or else. I never walk in the grassy off-road part, as people get testy about poop 'in their yard', even though it's technically state property 50 feet from the center of the road.
As for safety stuff- I don't do anything super drastic except during hunting season, in which I deck out in orange. I live in the super rural middle of nowhere though, and there are lots of horses on the road here, people know the deal. But there are those one in a million idiot drivers- just be aware of vehicles.
Is there any concern about horse's legs when riding frequently on pavement? (We have quiet roads nearby but I wasn't thinking it was good for Grace to do often... I have "road shoes" on her, so she won't slip, but no pads or rubber shoes or anything...)
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