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post #71 of 77 Old 06-13-2012, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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One note - normally you would be riding on the right side of the road (with traffic). I am intentionally riding on the wrong side here. This particular road has a much wider shoulder and more grass areas on the side I am on. The "correct" side is narrow and much more dangerous.
I can dig it. I'll ride on whichever side of the road seems safest even when biking. Shoulder width, visibility, and potential hazards are considered before the question of whether it's on the 'proper' side of the road. A few months ago a few towns over a rider and his horse were struck by a pickup and both killed. I think I'd rather get a ticket.
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post #72 of 77 Old 06-13-2012, 12:28 PM
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I can dig it. I'll ride on whichever side of the road seems safest even when biking. Shoulder width, visibility, and potential hazards are considered before the question of whether it's on the 'proper' side of the road. A few months ago a few towns over a rider and his horse were struck by a pickup and both killed. I think I'd rather get a ticket.
This sounds like a pretty good argument in favor of avoiding roads.

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This sounds like a pretty good argument in favor of avoiding roads.
I'm not a huge fan of roads, but roads are what connect where I am with where I want to go, so, what can ya do.
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post #74 of 77 Old 06-13-2012, 01:40 PM
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Dogs and rude people, main problem.
Unless your horse is spooky.

Mines not spooky at all.
Handles dogs trying to attack him Nice and calmly. Lol.,
He'll just kick them, rolled a pit bull down the road one day.

Used to have a mustang that would attack a dog, all I had to do was drop the reins lol

A friend of mine who rides the roads with me rides a 22 year old mustang gelding who will indeed kick a dog in a split second. When a dog runs out at us he turns his gelding to the dog and the dog 9 times out of 10 will run from the horse.
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post #75 of 77 Old 06-13-2012, 02:14 PM
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I'm not a huge fan of roads, but roads are what connect where I am with where I want to go, so, what can ya do.
Hehe. I am with you there.

In my area, cutting through suburban backyards on horseback is highly frowned upon. Roads are also generally safer and easier than jumping neighbors 6-8ft stockade fencing. :)

When they start putting decent pubs, pizza places and KFC drive-thrus on the equestrian trails, I will have a reason to stay off roads. Even the "green belt" in this area requires crossing some fairly busy roads as different sections of trail connect.

For some, roadwork can be a good training tool. For others, it is an essential means of getting from point A to point B.
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You look like Owen Wilson.
If Owen was a 230lb diesel powerhouse, you little flatterer.
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post #77 of 77 Old 08-08-2012, 05:00 AM
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We live in a country enviroment and all our horses are quietly exposed to a multitude of different types of traffic using an experienced horse in between the green horse and the traffic hazard. The green horse soon sees the other horse is unphased by what is coming at or behind them. Do this slowly and give the green horse time to get used to you first, so he or she trusts your voice telling the horse its ok.. also keep the horse moving as vehicles approach.. talking is great reasurance.. All our horses are unphased by log trucks, stock trucks, combine harvesters, tractors. Loud cars etc etc..expose them quietly.....Tony

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