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post #21 of 77 Old 03-29-2012, 03:37 PM
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Something else to worry about too though, is the people in vehicles that will throw things at you.

It is a different breed of people out there, for whatever reason, although I have some answers as to why....

But riding that far, if that road is as busy as I am remembering? No way I would try it.

Do you not have a truck and trailer of your own, or can you not borrow one? That would be far cheaper even buying one, than any vet/medical bills that you and your horse could incur.

Even years ago, and this was in 60's? I have even been riding in pasture, and been close enough to road that horse was hit by pop bottle thrown at us.

And as for the delivery truck, can't remember who posted that, BUT, if you even know the name of the company? Call them and report this, even now, as they will more than likely have drivers on set runs, or have the system that will tell them EXACTLY what driver did that, as the system shows where driver was and what time. But call them.
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post #22 of 77 Old 03-30-2012, 10:08 AM
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I totally agree with all that's been siad - desensitizing is the key I think. I also read somewhere that, when you do go on the road, keep your horses head slightly turned towards the traffic. That way, if they do spook, they will spook away from the traffic and into the hedge/verge etc instead! Can't remember where I read that...
Anyhow, hope you can get to those trails soon!
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post #23 of 77 Old 03-30-2012, 10:23 AM
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My crazy, high strung spooky Arab had absolutely no fear of cars, trucks, motorcycles, car horns, etc. My worry about riding along traffic is that if a tiny white piece of paper were to fly by or a squirrel were to come along, she would bolt out into the traffic.
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post #24 of 77 Old 03-30-2012, 10:45 AM
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Gotta love a flighty Arabian!!! They are amazing. I ride with several Arabians and their bravery and forwardness is just a huge plus....but there can be that little piece of paper or good grief, birds. Legato is really not a fan of birds and we ride in a bird sanctuary!!!! Legato is my buddy's 8 year old Arabian mare.

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post #25 of 77 Old 03-30-2012, 11:42 AM
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My old shoer has an arabian. He used to claim his horse was perfect except for the occasion when his two brain cells hooked up and then you had to watch out.
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post #26 of 77 Old 03-30-2012, 12:04 PM
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As far as the spooky thing, I used to do compeditive trail on an arab that was fantastic with traffic, but spooky with other things(like some of the other posters), and then I had a mustang mare that you could probably put fire crackers under and not spook her, but no matter how much you desensitized cars totally freaked her out. Just be VERY careful, take all precautions, try to avoid roads with no shoulders, wear high visibility clothing, especially near dark, and make sure you are totally confident in your ability to control your horse. We ride along a busy highway to get down to the river, but we are very cautious.
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post #27 of 77 Old 04-01-2012, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
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.
Bicyclist rules are to ride with traffic. i.e. on the side where your facing traffic coming from the lane farthest from you and the near lane is coming up from behind.
Pedestrian walking rule is to go against traffic. Facing the traffic in the near lane.

When I can get away with it I like to ride the horse on the side with the widest shouler . I'll always lead facing traffic, since I feel more like a pedestrian then. And I can always argue that when leading my horse is not an "unmotorized form of transportation".

Different states have different rules about what side you ride a horse on. In most of the states I've been in they treat a horse as unmotorized transportation, like a bicycles, so require you ride with traffic. But at least one state (I believe CO, but not sure) treat a ridden horse like a pedestrian and you ride against traffic. So it might be useful to find out what the law is in CA (if they bother to enforce them or if the law officers even know them).

I've found that most times I know the local equine laws better than the local constabulary. Always well worth digging up the local laws about horses, so you'll be prepared when some well meaning law officer thinks he knows better. (And it can be entertaining watching them get on the radio to try and find out from people who usually don't know either )
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post #28 of 77 Old 04-01-2012, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Palomine View Post

Even years ago, and this was in 60's? I have even been riding in pasture, and been close enough to road that horse was hit by pop bottle thrown at us.

Really?? Oh I would be pissed! That is uncalled for..

I thought the horn honking is bad enough.
I worked for a trainer in CA that lived on a well traveled hwy that was the scenic route to Tahoe. We had no indoor arena so after a big rain we would have to wait until the arena completely dried before using so we didn't rip up the base. After a couple days of horses being in stalls we would ride out in the pasture that bordered the hwy. Nothing like taking a bunch of colts that were stuck in their stalls for a couple of days and ride them next to a busy hwy and have people honk their horns
But I guess I should be thankful I didn't have anything thrown at me!

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post #29 of 77 Old 04-01-2012, 12:12 PM
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I am fairly frequently on various roads, but if there is no shoulder or the shoulder is less than 6 ft, I won't. Again, like others have said, it's not me and the horse that concern me; its the drivers. I have ridden along a two lane highway that was not busy and do you think that the drivers would move to the center lane to give extra space to me? Nope, only about 25% of them would. One guy I waved for him to move to the other lane and he gave me the finger. Sheesh.

On a highway that's known for accidents -- I wouldn't go there unless I had a ditch I could ride in. Find another route, or wait till you can get a truck so you can trailer to the trails. 3 miles x two is just too long IMO to be at that kind of risk.
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post #30 of 77 Old 04-01-2012, 12:15 PM
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trailer, trailer, way would I ride on a busy horses are bombproof.......even quiet ones spook sometimes!!!! trailer, trailer, trailer
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