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post #41 of 77 Old 04-03-2012, 01:59 PM
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I have found that riding with traffic is preferable to a horse that is nervous about vehicles. Traffic that is coming at the horse is more of a concern than traffic coming from behind. On coming traffic will be farther away, since it is on the other side of the road, and easier to deal with. If traffic from behind produces nervousness the horse will tend to move in the same direction as the vehicle. Riding facing on coming traffic, as a pedestrian, can produce unwanted action, in that in an effort to get some room to deal with the approaching monster, we get 180 degree spins, and sometimes rearing.

Picketing a horse on grass in the bar ditch where there is traffic will help desensitize it to traffic.

Some things that work for me.

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post #42 of 77 Old 04-03-2012, 02:19 PM
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I'm sorry to say this, but IMO, I would trailer the 3 miles there. I'm sure that you and your horse can handle a lot, but there are drivers who enjoy spooking people and animals who are moving off the shoulder of the road. Sometimes the veer and miss. Sometimes they veer and hit you. If you want to train your horse to handle traffic, find a fence by a highway where you can ride and train your horse to the sounds there.
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post #43 of 77 Old 04-03-2012, 02:46 PM
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Remember to make sure you don't have any crazy nasty mean neighbors. We have one neighbor who thinks she owns the road - takes her half out of the middle of our local dirt road. She's run more cars off the road and into the ditch than I care to remember...and she HATES horses. We aren't the only ones with horses in the area, and we aren't the only ones who ride ours down the road. She's complained to the authorities about the horse piles in the road - she doesn't like getting horse poo on her tires.

She has taken to revving her engine, honking her horn and spinning her tires when she passes a horse - even when ours are just in the lot next to the road. (I'm glad I don't have to pay her tire bill!)

She's nearly run over daughter and her friends when they were out riding. She DID swerve her car toward a neighbor's horse in an attempt to fishtail her car over really close to the horse. She miscalculated and hit the horse...with the neighbor riding it. Didn't hurt the horse too much - it was a glancing blow and the horse was desparately trying to get out of the way. However, she spun her tires again, throwing gravel everywhere, and a rock hit the horse in the eye. Not to mention that the rider was thrown and wound up with a seridous case of road rash.

Now her hubby is stuck paying vet and medical bills. She's currently on probation for "operating a vehicle in a manner not reasonable and proper" and vehicular assault.

Doesn't seem to have made a difference, though. She's still driving like a bat out of hell.

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post #44 of 77 Old 04-03-2012, 05:08 PM
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Dee, your evil neighbor got off easy. If she hit my horse and got me hurt; If I didn't shoot her, I would certainly have an eternal case of back problems that caused severe pain forever that could only be cured with a huge court settlement. I'm thinking at least 7 digits here...........

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post #45 of 77 Old 04-03-2012, 07:42 PM
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I would be thinking big bucks too. Trust me, the vet bill was more than slightly elevated. Horse and neighbor both made a full recovery. Personally, I think she needs a mental evaluation - no one can be that gawdawful mean and be normal...

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Another thing to look out for when it comes to jerks driving in cars- firecrackers. Yup. My dad and I were driving home from our old barn when we saw the guy in front of us throw a FIRECRACKER out his car window towards the woman and her horse. Luckily, her horse didn't freak out too badly, but when we got to the next stoplight, boy did my dad give that guy an earful. Jerk deserved worse.

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post #47 of 77 Old 04-07-2012, 07:05 AM
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CHAPTER 265 RULES OF THE ROAD

265:104 Approaching Horses. – Every person having control or charge of a vehicle shall, whenever upon any way and approaching any horse, drive, manage, and control such vehicle in such a manner as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of such horse, and to insure the safety and protection of any person riding or driving the same. Source. 1981, 146:1, eff. Jan. 1, 1982.


I'm sure other states have something similar and I have seen riders sign the complaint themselves when the police didn't see it.
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post #48 of 77 Old 04-07-2012, 09:38 AM
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Our little neck of the woods is pretty rural - no police patrols or traffic control. The speed limit is marked as 35, and there are stop signs at all of the intersections. While hubby and I are religious about obeying the traffic laws (it's pretty rare that we go over 25 - 30, the dirt roads can be pretty rough and washboardy), we can't say the same about the neighbors. You know what they say about when the cat's away...

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Remember to make sure you don't have any crazy nasty mean neighbors. We have one neighbor who thinks she owns the road - takes her half out of the middle of our local dirt road. She's run more cars off the road and into the ditch than I care to remember...and she HATES horses. We aren't the only ones with horses in the area, and we aren't the only ones who ride ours down the road. She's complained to the authorities about the horse piles in the road - she doesn't like getting horse poo on her tires.
Try riding through the new, suburban type, upscale housing developments that pop up on the edges of towns. I had a member of an HOA board chase me in his car, get out, and was red faced yelling at me about horses crapping on 'his' road (which is state maintained/not private). When he threatened to call the sheriff, I pull out my cell and told him that I would be more than happy to call 911 and get a deputy out. The bottom line is that he learned that even in his HOA controlled development, once streets are turned over to the state, they are public, horses have the right of way, and there is no requirement (or expectation) to pick up horse manure. He would still follow me at a distance (I assume to see if I stepped on private property), but never chased me again. Some people really don't have enough to do in their lives
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Try riding through the new, suburban type, upscale housing developments that pop up on the edges of towns. I had a member of an HOA board chase me in his car, get out, and was red faced yelling at me about horses crapping on 'his' road (which is state maintained/not private). When he threatened to call the sheriff, I pull out my cell and told him that I would be more than happy to call 911 and get a deputy out. The bottom line is that he learned that even in his HOA controlled development, once streets are turned over to the state, they are public, horses have the right of way, and there is no requirement (or expectation) to pick up horse manure. He would still follow me at a distance (I assume to see if I stepped on private property), but never chased me again. Some people really don't have enough to do in their lives
Should have told him it's ok so long as he leaves in on the pavement, but if you find out that he's moved it to his, or any other piece of property, whether on soil or in a pot you'll charge him for 3 lbs of high quality 100% organic fertilizer and it will be at delivery rates, since it was delivered.

To many years ago on ride to town to see my girlfriend a lady had pointed out (but not hostile ) that my horse had crapped on the street. I told her with a straight face that it was ok if she wanted it for her flower bed. I didn't mind and deliver was on me . She took it pretty good.
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