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LeahKathleen 05-23-2009 06:08 PM

Defensive Driving Course is good for something!
I'm currently taking the online Defensive Driving Course (uggghh) and I came across this law (in Texas, anyway):

If you see animals or livestock, slow down. Obey the person in charge of the animals.

I wish I could carry a sign around that said that when I'm riding my horse on the backroads...

Anyway, wanted to share, thought that was interesting. :]

jackieboy2 05-23-2009 06:30 PM

ugh I know what you mean. I live on a hilly dirt road that is pretty narrow, and a few of my neighbors love to drive WAY too fast when though like 4 people on our little road have horses. You'd think they'd learn to slow down.

smrobs 05-23-2009 07:25 PM

Yeah, it's too bad that not more people follow that rule. Every summer, we keep yearling cattle for a feedlot and have to drive some of them several miles from the corrals to the pasture that they will be in. Mostly down dirt roads and at one point, we have to cross a busy highway. {:/ We ususally have riders go about 1/4 mile each way down the road just so that we can warn drivers that there is cattle in the road. It is amazing how many people just look at me waving my hands to slow down and continue to blast by. I really don't care if the cattle get hit but if a horse did, I would have to kick somebody's butt.

ohmyitschelle 05-23-2009 07:25 PM

Happens here too Leah!
I actually don't road ride much now because I just don't trust my horse to be safe out there! I once was riding down the road my horses lived on going to the riding school to meet a friend, and I had idiots coming right up behind my mare, revving their engine and then screeching off to see if she'd spook - they did that twice. Thank goodness April was the type of horse that wasn't frightened of cars - she just didn't like when overhanging branches from trees would sway above her! Lol.
I also had an incident where I was leading my other mare down the road and a freaking bus came right up behind her and TOOTED (we weren't even in their way, he swerved towards her). Needless to say, Bailey isn't the type of horse to mess with, she completely lost it, reared right up in front of the bus and -I- got told my horse shouldn't be on the road!!!!! He then laughed and took off! Some people have no respect and need the road rules shoved in their faces - along with a fine for their stupidity!

LeahKathleen 05-23-2009 07:48 PM

The only thing on the road that Daisy spooks at is cyclists and railroad tracks - cars, trucks, buses... none of that phases her.

But I hate rude drivers. I love the ones that slow down just to "look at the people on the horses!"

ohmyitschelle 05-23-2009 08:05 PM

I find ALOT of horses freak at cyclists.
Me and my best mate were discussing how it must appear in the periphery to a horse and then up close. I was riding her incredibly quiet gelding on the road with her (my last road ride actually), and he was brilliant with everything until a couple of cyclists came past us (granted the idiot rung his bell on the handle) and the gelding spun around and tried to save me from it... cept my balance sucks and I hit the dirt instead. Again when someone else rode him, he did the same thing when he saw another. He's got a roman nose so his eye set is different than a horse who doesn't have a bold face and so we came to the conclusion on how it must look differently in his eyes.
April didn't like cyclists either, and come to think of it, my friend's horse that she was riding spooked too. It's got to do with the way the legs and wheels move I think!
Sorry off topic I know!

Walkamile 05-24-2009 08:59 AM

Yeah, some motorists are in such a hurry! Fortunately I've only encountered a very few that were down right rude and dangerous! The best behaved and considerate imo are the motorcyclists, they are great when they see horses, they watch us for signals!!:-)

On the trails the dirt bikers and ATVers are very thoughtful , at least the ones I've encountered. They slow down and even turn off the engines!!! Talk about above and beyond the "call of duty"!

Unfortunately, the cyclists don't really have a clue. They whiz right by, and are only concerned with themselves. Luckily T and Walka don't seem to mind them too much, but are very watchful of these strange "beasts"!

I have often thought it would be great to carry a paint ball gun and "dole-out" a round of justice on the offenders, but alas I believe that would be considered assault! :cry: I'll just have to continue to use my imagination in those circumstances.

Spyder 05-24-2009 09:13 AM


Originally Posted by Walkamile (Post 313334)

I have often thought it would be great to carry a paint ball gun and "dole-out" a round of justice on the offenders, but alas I believe that would be considered assault! :cry: I'll just have to continue to use my imagination in those circumstances.

I did once. Was driving to a show pulling a trailer. I had one of those extra rear view mirrors that could extend a little farther out to see the passenger side of my trailer attached to the front hood/fender of my car.

A cyclist came by (and there was way plenty of room) as it was a wide road and took something from his knapsack and wacked my extender piece for no reason. Well it didn't break but came off so I pulled over to the side of the road and my passender ( a good friend) and I fixed it back up and we continued on abit very angry for there was no need to do this except to be mean.

So as we continued we saw the same cyclist and my friend took my long dressage whip and as we passed him she gave him a slap right accross the ass. The last I saw was the cyclist get off his bike and hop around holding his bum.

I was not sorry.

LeahKathleen 05-24-2009 11:37 AM

Ha ha ha, Spyder, too funny.

I don't know why cyclists can't bother to slow down and share the road - there were a couple that came up behind us, and tried to warn us by saying, "We're coming up behind you guys!" but unfortunately that isn't quite enough notice for Miss Daisy, who proceeded to throw a hissy fit.

xxJustJumpItxx 07-01-2009 09:47 PM

What I really hate is when people honk their horns! I mean, seriously?! My friend's pasture was close to the highway and we were riding bareback. I swear at least 3 people honked at us! It was ridiculous.

HAHA! That's hilarious Spyder!

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