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post #11 of 77 Old 03-28-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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One thing that is quite popular in some parts of the UK (traffic and driver's approach to horses varies massively depending on what part of the country you are in) is Hi-Visibility vests that look remarkably similar to Police Vests. Until the driver slows right down and gets close enough to read the small print, he thinks he's passing a mounted police officer.
Now that is good thinking. I'm going to get myself a vest now.
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post #12 of 77 Old 03-28-2012, 09:07 PM
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Any chance that you can speak to the landowners between your barn and the trails to get permission to ride across their property instead of down the road?

While my mare is quiet in traffic, as everyone else has said, its not my horse that worries me but the lunatics in the cars! I would much rather attempt to find an alternate route.


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Any chance that you can speak to the landowners between your barn and the trails to get permission to ride across their property instead of down the road?

While my mare is quiet in traffic, as everyone else has said, its not my horse that worries me but the lunatics in the cars! I would much rather attempt to find an alternate route.
I did broach the subject once, but this is California. People are afraid that someone will step in a squirrel hole on their property and sue.
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post #14 of 77 Old 03-28-2012, 10:24 PM
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You need a trailer. For that matter, I need one too. Think we could get 2 for the price of 1?

If I had to ride 3 miles to the trails and then 3 miles home, that would be a pretty good ride to me. I am not as athletic as Dawn, Joe, and Denise.

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You need a trailer. For that matter, I need one too. Think we could get 2 for the price of 1?

If I had to ride 3 miles to the trails and then 3 miles home, that would be a pretty good ride to me. I am not as athletic as Dawn, Joe, and Denise.
I actually do have one! It's a truck that I'm currently missing. If you have a truck, mebbe we could get together on it.
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post #16 of 77 Old 03-29-2012, 02:34 AM
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Even if you have worked long and hard at desensitizing your horse I would never take a horse who can be at all spooky along the road. Just when you think you have prepared for every possible scenario, something else unimaginable will pop up. All the horses I ride are pretty much bombproof:)
I will have to respectfully disagree and say that there is no such thing as a bombproof horse. It's just a matter of personality. Every horse has different levels of reactivity, and what's scary to one won't be to another. My gelding, for example, will ride down the road with cars coming from both directions, motorcycles, semi trucks and the like, and will not flinch. If the wind blows too hard, however, he is at full alert. Go figure. That said, only you will know if your horse can handle road riding.

If you have never ridden your horse near traffic, then I agree with the aforementioned suggestion to take things slowly. Start by walking near the road for increasingly extended periods of time, and expose your horse to the sights and sounds of busy roads.
Once you're ready to ride on the road, a couple things to remember:
1-Never assume that drivers will give you a wide berth, or respect you in any way. This goes along with the whole "some drivers are d-bags" concept. Therefore, you must take it upon yourself to be especially aware of your surroundings, and make certain you stay out of the way of vehicles entirely. A good sidepass is nice for this, so you can get over to the shoulder quickly and out of the way of traffic.
2-When riding on the road, I am extra cautious about controlling my own emotions. If I show uncertainty, my horse might too, and that can lead to disaster. Sit tall, and confident, smile, tell yourself that those drivers are eating their hearts out because you look so majestic up there on your trusty steed! Breath deep, relax. Focus on the destination.

Hope this helped... Good luck!

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Hi VIs clothing | Equisafety clothing

if the link works, here's the police-look-a-like hi-vis

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post #18 of 77 Old 03-29-2012, 09:37 AM
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I actually do have one! It's a truck that I'm currently missing. If you have a truck, mebbe we could get together on it.
I have a great truck. Maybe a bit old, but it works........
I am on the other side of the USA from you. It might be cheaper to buy you a truck and me a trailer than to commute that far.

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Hi VIs clothing | Equisafety clothing

if the link works, here's the police-look-a-like hi-vis
POLITE notice, please slow down. I love it!!!
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What kind of shoulders are we talking about on the sides of this road? I ride alongside roads all the time, one of which is a decently busy highway. We have a lot of semi and oilfield traffic going through at all hours of the day and night...BUT, all our roads have a ditch on either side that ranges from 6 to 20 feet wide (smaller on the less traveled roads, bigger by the highway). If your horse is accustomed to traffic, then I would go for it. I would follow the same rules as a bicyclist though and ride on the side where I was facing the traffic in the lane nearest to me.

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